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Mankato engineering students build bridge for fair

ST. PAUL — A steel bridge and an easy-to-assemble emergency shelter will decorate the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities booth at the State Fair this year.

Engineering students and faculty from the Minnesota State University, Mankato, built a 20-foot steel bridge to symbolize the system's program to encourage students to take math and science classes.

MnSCU says the booth will also feature an easy-to-assemble instant shelter designed after Hurricane Katrina and smaller prototypes "printed" in 3D from glue, cornstarch and plaster at a special facility at Century College's Digital Fabrication Lab.

The booth is in the Education Building on Cosgrove Street near the fair's main entrance. The State Fair opens Thursday.

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