DULUTH - Northland students took their learning beyond the classroom with toothpicks.More than 200 high students competed in the 20th annual Toothpick Bridge Contest at UMD.
Math and science classes had to construct a bridge made of just glue and about 500 toothpicks.
They were judged on aesthetics and the strength of their bridges.
"We're hoping that they gain some exposure to the engineering field,” said Amy Thorson with the American Society of Civil Engineers. “They're learning some teambuilding skills, some of the engineering skills and they’re competing and just learning about the engineering is fun."
Each winning school will receive a plaque and each member of a team is awarded an individual trophy.