Marshall University hosted the West Virginia Bridge Design and Build Contest Statewide Finals on May 21, 2016. MATS UTC was among the sponsors and MATS UTC researcher Andrew Nichols helped advise the teams. Forty-five students representing five high schools and five middle schools competed in one and two-person teams. The objective was to design the least cost bridge that could hold a minimum desired load. Overall design was evaluated as well as the most aesthetic and best strength to weight ratio. Winners received gift cards.