For the Mentis Bridge Building Competition, teams of students were given limited instructions and guidance on structural design. They were encouraged to ask questions and research design techniques.
Using scientific methods, students performed coupon testing to determine optimal bond length and learn the capabilities of the materials. For example, the supplied hot glue is very compliant, resulting in joints being the weak points of the structure if there was not sufficient bonding area between members.
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