11th Annual 4th Grade Popsicle Stick Bridge Event
Date: March 9, 2019
Location: *Greenville Convention Center (Formerly TD Conv Ctr)
1 Exposition Drive, Greenville, SC 29607
Time: 9AM - 12PM
*Please note that this year's event falls on the same day as SC Comicon. When parking, please let the parking attendant know that you are here for the Bridge Event and you will not be charged parking fees.
The ASCE SC Upstate Branch has been hosting the Popsicle Bridge Competition since 2009. The event was started by the Upstate Branch members and the Greenville County Challenge Program teachers. The Challenge program includes students that achieve high scores on academic testing, and this competition was created to help them learn more about math, science, and engineering in a fun and practical way. The students spend approximately 3 months in the classroom learning about bridge design and the challenges of creating a strong, yet lightweight bridge which is essential in today’s real world scenarios of cost efficient design. The 4th grade students construct their bridges with Popsicle sticks and white craft glue and must adhere to certain constraints regarding height, length and width. The bridges are then brought to the competition for final weigh-in and testing as part of the competition.
7:45am – Volunteer arrival and registration
8:00am – Final setup and preparation
9:00am – Testing Begins
11:30am – Approximate Testing Completion
12:00pm – Approximate Awards Presentation
Bridges are judged by a panel of judges and winners are chosen for the following categories:
1. Best Architectural Design
2. Most Original Design
3. Best Craftsmanship
4. Best Structural
The “Best Structural” category is based on load testing the bridges to failure while taking into consideration the weight of the bridge.
The 2018 event tested over 350 bridges from more than 1,200 students.
Many volunteers are needed in order for our event to be successful each year. Anyone interested in volunteering on event day or the afternoon before, please contact Diane Jlelaty or sign up here. We need event greeters, raffle ticket sellers, bridge testers, and other volunteers to help make this event a success. We strongly encourage engineering students and professionals to volunteer, however volunteers do not need to be ASCE members or engineers to help out. Volunteers will receive event t-shirts, breakfast and lunch following the event.
The ASCE SC Upstate Branch is also inviting companies to register as a sponsor for the Annual Popsicle Stick Bridge Event. The company name / logo will appear on signage in exhibit areas, volunteer t-shirts, event flyers, and announced during the ASCE Upstate Branch Meetings. Sponsorship forms can be requested via email or a copy is located on this page above our current sponsors. Once the completed registration form is received, the contact for the sponsorship will receive additional instructions.
Things to Keep in Mind at the Event:
See 2018 Photo Gallery HERE
Thank you to all of the students, teachers, parents and family members that joined us for the 2018 Bridge Event! Also a big thank you to our sponsors and volunteers. Without them this event could not be possible.
Congratulations to the 2018 winners of the four judging categories as listed below. We hope all of the amazing 4th graders were able to learn from and enjoy their experience with this Challenge activity.
BEST ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN
MOST ORIGINAL DESIGN
BEST STRUCTURAL DESIGN
The 2017 winning bridge teams are below.
Most Original Design
1 - Fantastic Five - Buena Vista Elementary
2 - The Great Fire - Tigerville Elementary
3 - The Original Crafters - Bell's Crossing Elementary
1 - G.G.N.J. Bridge Company - Oakview Elementary
2 - Superb Structures - Buena Vista Elementary
3 - L.A.M.B. Bridge Co. - Oakview Elementary
1 - The Miller Bridge - Mountainview Elementary
2 - Bridge Alli - Tigerville Elementary
3 - Elite Champions - Buena Vista Elementary
1 - The Active Alpacas - Bell's Crossing Elementary
2 - Bridge Bandits - Bell's Crossing Elementary
3 - Moon Bridge - Monarch Elementary
The 2016 winning bridge teams are below.
1 - Bridge ER - Welcome Elementary
2 - Queen Kats Inc. - Mauldin Elementary
3 - The Excellent Pocca-Dotted Elephants - Stone Academy
1 - All Around Triangle - Monarch Elementary
2 - SMES Bridges Inc. - Slate Marrieta Elementary
3 - Heart Breakers - Summit Drive Elementary
1 - Fantastics - Hollis Academy
2 - Building Eagles - Grove Elementary
3 - Nike Speed Demons - Stone Academy
1 - Sunshine Skyway Bridge - Westcliffe Elementary
2 - Chesapeake Bay Bridge - Westcliffe Elementary
3 - Brooklyn Bridge DIJS - Brook Glenn Elementary
2017 Event photos
2016 Event photos
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Sprague & Sprague Consulting Engineers
Bunnell Lammons Engineering
The City of Greenville