This may just be popsicle sticks, but it is a scaled version of a real deal. The concepts learned in class can be applied to this competition in a very practical manner. It’s a far better method to apply our knowledge than writing some exam on the topic.
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Although the design is quite different from building a bridge with 200 sticks, the same design principle applies. We understand exactly what causes the popsicle bridges to fail and the best method to prevent them.
The object of the competition is to build a bridge out of popsicle sticks and Elmers yellow wood glue. The bridge must span a 24″ gap, be no taller than 12″, and must be no wider than 6″.
A maximum of 200 popsicle sticks can be used. This competition is held at IPFW. My bridge failed at 1,016 lbs, but my friend’s bridge, based off the same design, failed at 1,229 lbs and broke a record.