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A local high school design team and Gateway Arch National Park ranger pose for a photo at the annual Gateway Arch Engineering Contest
November 11, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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7th Annual Gateway Arch National Park Engineering Contest

The Engineering Contest at the Gateway Arch National Park is a unique and very challenging contest that brings local high school engineering teams together at Gateway Arch National Park and the McKelvey School of Engineering at Washington University to compete for the Richard Bowser Trophy.  Richard Bowser famously invented the Gateway Arch’s one of a kind Tram conveyance system in an astonishing two weeks.  It is in this engineering spirit that the competition was created.

The final will be held at the McKelvey School of Engineering, Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

The event features a professional engineer as a speaker, after which the teams present their PowerPoint presentations, a luncheon is served, and the trophy is awarded to the winning team. At the event’s conclusion, all participants, family, and friends have the opportunity for a guided tour of the McKelvey School of Engineering.

Learn more about the contest and details of this year’s challenge at