The assignment, called the "bargain brick build," was intended to get pupils thinking about engineering principles on a smaller scale from the perspective of cost effectiveness, time constraints and access to materials.

The assignment, called the "bargain brick build," was intended to get pupils thinking about engineering principles on a smaller scale from the perspective of cost effectiveness, time constraints and access to materials.

Groups could use note cards, paperclips, tape and staples with the knowledge that each came with a specific cost. The winning team of Abigail Steele, Katie Lueckel, Caitlin Luby and Mawalkar designed and built a six-inch note-card tower that held more than 133 pounds of weight.