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DelDOT Bridge Design Competition

This event is a hands-on engineering competition aimed to engage students interested in the math, science, and engineering fields. The program is designed to encourage middle school and high school students to address real-world problems and inspire them to consider careers in transportation and civil engineering. Students will use Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) and 3-D modeling software to design and detail plans for a truss bridge. Students will use their design to create a balsa wood model. Participants will develop a portfolio and PowerPoint presentation outlining their design. Their bridge models will also be tested on the day of the competition. The Delaware Bridge Design Competition and all associated software and materials are FREE to all participating students. For more information, see the Delaware Bridge Design Competition Guidelines below.

Note: Video from the 2019 Bridge Design Competition

Note: There are differences in the guidelines and due dates for the Delaware and National competitions. Please read the guidelines carefully.


The 2021 DelDOT Bridge Design Competition has been canceled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Please keep the Bridge Design Competition in mind, as we WILL be returning to hold the competition in the Spring of 2022.

Please feel free to contact us about any other outreach activities you may have planned. Our engineers will gladly speak to students about bridges, engineering, or STEM in general. Contact information can be found at the bottom of this page.


We are taking a different approach with registration for this year’s competition. In an attempt to simplify and streamline the process, teachers will fill out the registration by clicking the link below. The link will open a new tab where schools can register each of their participating students and teams. Teachers will be able to register all participating students/teams by simply filling out the appropriate information on the site. If you have any questions in regards to registration, please reach out to Nicholas Dean (contact information provided below).

Bridge Design Competition Registration

Design/Build Challenge

Internship Opportunities

All juniors and seniors in high school who are interested in a career in Civil Engineering are encouraged to consider applying for internship opportunities with The Delaware Department of Transportation. Please contact Craig Stevens   for more information.



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Nicholas Dean, P.E.  
Bridge Design Project Engineer
Delaware Department of Transportation
Gus Toussaint  
Bridge Design Project Engineer
Delaware Department of Transportation
Paul Huhn  
Bridge Design Project Engineer
Delaware Department of Transportation
Sean Weaver  
Bridge Design Project Engineer
Delaware Department of Transportation

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