Popsicle stick bridges busted for Engineering and Geoscience Month

The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia (APEGBC) hosted the annual Popsicle Stick Bridge Building Contest on Saturday to celebrate March being Engineering and Geoscience Month.

The event took place at Dr. Kearney Middle School, and competitors of all ages took their efforts of wood and glue to be tested with steady pressure to see how much weight they could withstand.

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Participants were given construction kits made up of 100 popsicle sticks and glue. The task: make a bridge that will withstand the most pressure.

The association calls it “bridge busting.”

The competition is open to anyone, though the entrants are divided into junior, intermediate and senior categories, as well as one open category that saw a few adults. According to the chair of the Peace River branch of the APEGBC, Jenna Allan, the results were not always as expected.

“This morning in the open category, I didn’t see the first place one, but I know that they couldn’t even break the bridge,” said Allan.

“I think that might have been a kid. And then the second place was a teacher, and the third place was a structural engineer, so it shows that structural engineers might not be the best at building bridges," she joked.

Allan said some teachers around the city get really into the competition, encouraging their classes to get involved. It also helps that there’s a prize component to the event, with $50, $40, $30, $20 and $10 going to the top five people in each category.

Another bridge busting event will be held in Tumbler Ridge on April 17.


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