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:
Usborne Books for sale (% proceeds back to the schools)
Touch A Truck
Girl Scouts (cookies for sale $5)
Event t-shirts for sale ($10)
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 2019 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 Stephanie Gates or sign up here. 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 here 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:
12th Annual 4th Grade Popsicle Stick Bridge Event
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF THE STUDENTS & TEACHERS THAT PARTICIPATED IN THE 2020 12th ANNUAL EVENT! WE HOPE YOU ENJOYED IT AS MUCH AS WE DID! We saw some INCREDIBLE bridges this year and tested the highest numbers of bridges ever submitted to the event!
See a listing of the winners by category below.
1st The Eiffel Engineers – Bell's Crossing
2nd The X Bridge – Oakview
3rd Domination – Oakview
1st The Creative Topcats – Taylors
2nd Builders of Creativity Inc – Mauldin
3rd Queen Bees – Mauldin
1st The Blonde Waffle – Oakview
2nd The Smart Cookies – Bethel
3rd Wolf Pugs Inc – Mauldin
Best Structural (tested at the event)
1st The Basics – Bell's Crossing
2nd The Building Beasts – Monarch
3rd The M&Ms – Monarch
11th Annual 4th Grade Popsicle Stick Bridge Event
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF THE STUDENTS & TEACHERS THAT PARTICIPATED IN THE 2019 11th ANNUAL EVENT! WE HOPE YOU ENJOYED IT AS MUCH AS WE DID!
A list of the winners by category is below.
1st Mad Bridge Builders – Oakview
2nd The Destroyers – Bell’s Crossing
3rd Argument – Oakview
1st Savage Sprinkles – Pelham Road
2nd 7.5 Million Dollar Builders – Brushy Creek
3rd The Foxes – Bell’s Crossing
1st Flaming Marshmallows – Summit Drive
2nd Darth Vader Dudes – Monarch
3rd Speed Builders – Brushy Creek
Best Structural (tested at the event)
1st Great Bridge Builders – Monarch
2nd Building Big – Monarch
3rd Building Big, Inc. – Monarch
Infernos – Monarch
2019 Event Photos
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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