Tower Crane Challenge? Bring It On!

Outreach Specialist Ishmael Mejia overseeing the Tower Crane Challenge/© Janie Rosman 2015

Outreach Specialist Ishmael Mejia overseeing the Tower Crane Challenge/© Janie Rosman 2015

After reading the New NY Bridge tweets about the Tower Crane Challenge, I decided to try my hand. It requires participants to place the tiny construction crew member on the target using the crane’s controls.

Since I was in the neighborhood I stopped by the Tarrytown Outreach Center. That it was more than 30 degrees warmer than yesterday, and the past few weeks, made it feel like spring. I saw a few people wearing jeans and sweatshirts, no coats. It felt (dare I say it?) warm outside.

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Outreach Specialist Ishmael Mejia explained the rules and arranged the target, attached the hook to the figure and hoisted it to a specified height above the target. Ready, Set, GO!

Having fun while learning how cranes work/NNYB Outreach

Having fun while learning how cranes work/NNYB Outreach

It took a minute to figure out which controls moved the crane in what direction. Mejia did explain them carefully; I had to see how they worked for myself to understand them. Within minutes the figure landed right on target.

While it’s a game and a test of skills, the Tower Crane Challenge is one aspect of the Outreach Team’s overall approach to involving the community and opening avenues for students who might consider engineering careers.

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Each of the main span towers — you can see them starting at 1:05 in the “Project Year 2014 in Two Minutes” video — will be constructed with its own crane, four in all.

Ready to take the Challenge and get your free poster? While you’re at the Outreach Center check out bridge art from the summer show, Safety Sam’s unnamed counterpart and “Project at a Glance” and “Safety Sam” information panels.

And that tiny piece of rebar on the table? It’s much heavier than it looks.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2015

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