The bridge challenge is on!

Popsicle Stick Bridge Building Contest

Kids (and adults) are invited each year to try their hand at building a bridge out of popsicle sticks. And this year is no different, with the Sunshine Coast Popsicle Stick Bridge Building Contest scheduled for May 26. Bridge kits, including all building materials and rules, are now available through Gibsons Building Supplies in Sechelt and Gibsons. There is a fee of $5, with the deposit refunded for bridges entered for testing on May 26.

“We are really excited about the event this year, with a large group of volunteers gearing up for an outstanding event,” said organizing chair Lisa Murata, a long-time volunteer of the contest and current record holder.

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The contest is open to everyone from elementary students to adults and includes a family category. This year, the organizers are hoping for a bridge that beats the Sunshine Coast record set in 2013 by Murata of 405 kg (894 lbs). Pretty impressive for popsicle sticks!

The contest will take place at the Sechelt Nation Hall, behind McDonald’s in Sechelt. Bridge registration starts at noon, and testing starts at 1 p.m. Spectators are welcome.

The goal of the contest is to build greater interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). Roger Sayer, a retired professional engineer, is helping with fundraising and as the lead professional for Engineers and Geoscientists BC. John Leech, recently retired as the CEO for the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC is helping with fundraising, community outreach and advancing Technology Festival (TechFEST), this year’s prime sponsor. 

As always, the local community businesses and volunteers have stepped up to make the Bridge Contest a reality for the ninth consecutive year.

Get your bridge kit and start your STEM career today!

– Submitted by John Leech

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