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Mar. 4, 2014 8:15 am

Morgan State engineering students need $6K to build a bridge

Crowdfunding of the Week is a regular series highlighting the technology, creative and innovation crowdfunding campaigns in Baltimore that might be worth your support.

Members of the Morgan State steel bridge team. From left: Jean Calmere Kubwayo, Benevolence Ukaegbu, Adreina McCullum and Gary Wallace. Photo via Kickstarter.

Crowdfunding of the Week is a regular series highlighting the technology, creative and innovation crowdfunding campaigns in Baltimore that might be worth your support. This week’s project comes from Kickstarter. See other Crowdfundings of the Week here.

Nine students studying engineering at Morgan State University are finishing work on their own steel bridge. One catch: it’s one-tenth the size of an actual bridge.

The students are competing in the annual Steel Bridge Competition sponsored by the American Society of Civil Engineers, the sort of contest that might prepare students to take their respective places in Maryland’s changing manufacturing economy — or as future contestants on the Discovery Channel. (In the final, $50,000 challenge of “The Big Brain Theory,” Baltimore Foundery cofounder and show winner Corey Fleischer had to design a bridge.)

To complete their bridge, and to pay for travel costs to the regional finals in April, the team is raising $6,000 on Kickstarter.

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