Another Iowa program earned the STEM Council Seal of Approval for their effort to enculturate, sustain and spread STEM thinking across the state. The Quad City Engineering and Science Council (QCESC) Battle of the Bridges is an annual event held at the Putnam Museum in Davenport where teams compete to build the most efficient bridge. As part of this competition, participants apply techniques that are applicable in the classroom and beyond.
Battle of the Bridges launched in 2008 to showcase and complement a Leonardo Da Vinci exhibit at the Putnam Museum. Excitement for the event has grown over the years. Multiple categories are offered for students in grades 4 through college, family members and STEM professionals to complete, including a multi-generational family division.
A total of 31 events or programs have received the Seal of Approval since 2015. The purpose of the Seal of Approval is to recognize programs and events that align with the STEM Council goal of inspiring the next generation of Iowa innovators and elevate the opportunities taking place in addition to STEM Council activities and programs.
Any program or event that significantly advances STEM principles and thinking in Iowa and is unaffiliated with existing STEM Council programs is invited to apply.
For more information about Battle of the Bridges, visit https://qcesc.org/battle-of-the-bridges. To learn more about the STEM Council Seal of Approval and the 30 additional Seal of Approval recipients, visit www.IowaSTEM.org/Seal.