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American Society of Civil Engineers Popsicle Bridge Competition

 

Paul Hinson, Principal at Koontz-Bryant and a past president of the Richmond Branch of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) volunteered at the ASCE popsicle bridge competition held on Sunday 2-10-13 at the Science Museum of Virginia as part of Engineer’s Week. The popsicle bridge competition is open to all area Middle and High School students. Cash prizes were awarded for the first and second place bridges in the Middle and High School Divisions as well as for the most esthetic and innovative bridges. The bridges are made out of popsicle sticks and standard white Elmer’s glue and are loaded until they fail. Bridges are judged based upon an efficiency rating of the load the bridge carried divided by the weight of the bridge squared. The students also competed against bridges built by engineers. Both the Middle and High School winners beat the engineer’s bridge. 41 bridges were entered by local high school students and 38 bridges were entered by middle school students. The winning bridges in both categories were able to hold over 700 pounds!