14TH ANNUAL 4TH GRADE POPSICLE STICK BRIDGE EVENT
Date: March 11, 2023
Location: *Greenville Convention Center
1 Exposition Drive, Greenville, SC 29607
Time: 9AM - 12PM
It's getting close to event time, so here are a few things to keep in mind:
-Once we have a full list of teams from each school we will assign testing stations and orders, so check back frequently for updates see link & info on station testing above
-There will be some additional exhibits/vendors this year, including:
Children's Museum Imagination Playground
Event T-shirts for sale ($15)
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 Group 1 Begins
10:30am - Testing Group 2 Begins
Awards will be presented via video the week following the event.
The 2022 event tested over 300 bridges from more than 800 students.
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.
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 Stephanie Gates or sign up below. We need event greeters, bridge testers, station runners, 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 be announced during the ASCE Upstate Branch Meetings. Sponsorships can be submitted below or please contact one of our current officers for more information. Once registration is completed, the contact for the sponsorship will receive additional instructions. Thank you for your support!
Things to Keep in Mind at the Event:
13th Annual 4th Grade Popsicle Stick Bridge Event
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF THE STUDENTS & TEACHERS THAT PARTICIPATED IN THE 2022 13th ANNUAL EVENT! WE HOPE YOU ENJOYED IT AS MUCH AS WE DID!
See a listing of the winners by category below.
Best Architectural Design
1st Intergalactic Starship Bridge – Oakview
2nd Exquisite Engineers – Paris
3rd Fiery Clams – Ellen Woodside
Most Original Design
1st Tazmanian Dragons – Paris
2nd Mighty Snowmen – Pelham
3rd Flaming Fireballs – Pelham
Best Craftsmanship Design
1st Pickle Power – Bethel
2nd The McDonalds – Ellen Woodside
3rd Oops I broke a Stick – Oakview
Best Structural Design
1st Epic Engineers – Taylors
2nd SCS Squad – Mauldin
3rd Mighty S's – Stone