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HRBT Expansion Project launches naming contest for tunnel machine open to Hampton Roads middle school students

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Posted at 10:29 PM, Oct 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-18 23:03:53-04

NORFOLK, Va. - The Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel Expansion Project is inviting local middle school students to participate in a naming contest for the Tunnel Boring Machine.

The TBM is a highly-specialized piece of equipment designed to construct the new twin tunnels.

“This contest draws attention to the real-world applications of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) studies and celebrates the creativity of future drivers in the region,” said HRBT Expansion Project Director Jim Utterback. “We welcome the participation of the students and look forward to seeing the entries.”

The TBM Naming Committee is looking for a creative name, real or fictional, with ties to the Hampton Roads community, Virginia, transportation, or engineering.

Naming a TBM is known to bring good luck to a project, and similar contests have occurred locally, across the United States, and internationally.

The deadline for participants to submit ideas is Nov. 13, and the committee plans to announce the winning name at a ceremony in Spring 2021. First, second and third place winners will be recognized at the ceremony.

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