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Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Juice's Project


Juice is an engineer. He loves to build things and fix things and play with power tools. His job currently does not allow him to do much of that (he does his fair share at home). So when his job was looking for mentors at the local high school, he signed up. He was happy to see that he was helping the students build bridges and test their designs out. He even got to build one himself!
All of his co-workers signed up to be in 3rd period when they were testing the bridges so that they could watch Juice's bridge be smashed. From what he described, you put in in a machine that slowly tightens a screw down. That screw is attached to a board at the top. So as the board comes down, it records how much pressure the bridge can take before it breaks.

It seemed like everyone had a great time on crushing day and Juice wrote me the following email:

"My bridge weighed 54 grams and held 745 lbs. I was not the lightest bridge, nor the strongest bridge, but I did have one of the highest efficiency ratios (6258:1)."

I think it's very cool that he can think up something like that bridge, build it, and then see it destroyed and be happy about the destruction.

I think he thinks it's pretty cool too.

His current project at home to keep his hands busy? Making chain mail gloves out of paper clips. Yes, you read that right. I'll post that one when it's done too!



  1. Wow! I would love to see the gloves. The next time Fred has a bridge project for GATE I will certainly refer her on to Uncle Juice!

  2. Nerd alert! I liked it though. ;-)

  3. Thats so fun! I like BOTH projects and cant wait to see these gloves!

  4. wow, that looks great!! I think if it was a real bridge, it would've been among the famous national landmarks!! Good Job!

  5. I'd love to see pictures of the gloves now - I just can't picture it. Call it a work in progress!

  6. i have a dog house project he can help me on!


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