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2021 Popsicle Stick Bridge Contest

2021 Popsicle Stick Bridge Contest

UPDATE: Thank you all for making this year’s virtual event a great success and we look forward to seeing you all in person at next year’s CEI day! Final results and photos of the event are posted below.

The Annual Popsicle Stick Bridge Competition (PSBC) is an exciting event for high school and middle school students hosted by ASCE’s Richmond Branch as a part of the Richmond Joint Engineering Council’s Celebrating Engineering Ingenuity (CEI) Day. The event brings together hundreds of local students to participate in a full-day competition to celebrate the engineering profession and highlight their achievements. The competition is a great opportunity to emphasize the benefits of pursuing higher education and careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics while promoting the engineering profession in our community. More information about CEI day can be found at https://www.rjec.org/.

Prior to the event day, participating high school and middle school teams will test their engineering skills and build bridges out of Popsicle sticks that will be subject to rigorous standards and load testing. The rules and specifications are posted below. Volunteers from the ASCE chapter and the civil engineering profession will serve as judges measuring and testing the bridges as well as reviewing papers submitted for the Innovation Contest and providing insight into the professional industry for students wishing to pursue a career in civil engineering.

Best of luck to everyone participating!

Click here to view more photos of the event.

Event Rules:  Click to view the 2021 Popsicle Stick Bridge Rules

Event Contact:
Danielle Nielsen, PE
Short Elliott Hendrickson, Inc.
Email: dnielsen@sehinc.com
Phone: (804) 513-0876

Event Registration:

Registration for this event is now closed.

Congratulations to the 2020 Popsicle Stick Bridge Contest Winners!

High School

1st Place: Team “Infinity Bridge 2.0”

2nd Place: Team “El Puente”

3rd Place: Team “Voracious Velociraptor”

Highest Load: Team “Voracious Velociraptor”

Aesthetics Winner: Team “Team Bean”

Middle School

1st Place: Team “13”

2nd Place: Team “London Bridge is Falling Down”

3rd Place: Team “Maditude”

Highest Load: Team “WellsYeah”

Innovation Winner: Team “Frodo”

View a summary of the results HERE