YMF Popsicle Stick Bridge Contest

**Save the date for the 2014 Popsicle Stick Bridge Competition!!  It will be held on February 8th, 2014. Please email seattle.asce.ymf@gmail.com with any questions. **

The 2014 ASCE YMF Popsicle Stick Bridge Competition

Summary of the 2013 ASCE YMF Popsicle Stick Bridge Competition


The 18th Annual Popsicle Stick Bridge (PSB) Competition took place this year on February 9th and March 16th.

On the first day of testing, 56 teams from 17 different schools across the Puget Sound area participated in the event, hosted by the Seattle ASCE Younger Member Forum (YMF). The Museum of Flight hosted over 130 students as well as teachers, families, community supporters, and volunteers from ASCE YMF. Three corporate teams also competed, including:

  • KPFF Consulting Engineers
  • Buckland & Taylor – COWI
  • Darrel’s Drafting & Design

All bridges were constructed using only Popsicle sticks and white glue and were required to meet strict technical specifications. The bridges were scored on efficiency (load carrying capacity / bridge weight), and were also scored on aesthetics. This year there was also a T-shirt design competition. The winning T-shirt design will be featured on the front of the 2014 Popsicle Stick Bridge Competition.

All corporate and unofficial bridges were tested on February 9th and the winning company, Darrel’s Drafting & Design, held 742 pounds!  Three emcees kept the crowd entertained between bridge testing with fun facts about popsicles, civil engineering, and more! Unfortunately, just before beginning to test the official bridges, the hydraulic press, on loan from Seattle Public Utilities (SPU), broke. While SPU worked to repair their machine, the University of Washington (UW) Department of Civil Engineering stepped in to test the remaining bridges. For those unable to attend the 2nd testing, we videotaped the event and you can find your bridge testing at the link below. Each video is identified by the school name and team number.


On March 16th, the final 25 bridges were tested at the UW structures lab. While aligning each bridge in the press for testing, the students learned more about engineering from the volunteers. Each volunteer described their type of work, discussed example projects and tried to give the students an idea of what engineers do on a daily basis. The overall winning bridge held 2277 pounds and weighed just 0.67 pounds.  Prizes were awarded in multiple categories including aesthetics, strength, and teamwork. The official summary of all winners is located below. Congratulations to everyone involved!

Summary of the 2013 Results:

  • Overall 1st Place: Puget Sound Community School
  • Overall 2nd Place: Coolidge Home School
  • Overall 3rd Place: Cedar Park Christian MLT 2
  • Strongest Bridge 1st Place: Port Angeles High School 3
  • Strongest Bridge 2nd Place: Twin Gables Home School
  • Strongest Bridge 3rd  Place: Port Angeles High School 2
  • Most Aesthetic 1st Place: Holy Names Academy 2
  • Most Aesthetic 2nd Place: Monroe High School 2
  • Most Aesthetic 3rd Place: Cedar Park Christian MLT 1
  • T-Shirt Design Competition 1st Place: Rosie Yasukochi from Holy Names Academy
  • Teamwork Award: Stadium High School 3

The YMF would like to thank all of this year’s sponsors and supporters including:

  • Museum of Flight
  • Seattle Public Utilities
  • University of Washington Department of Civil Engineering
  • KPFF Consulting Engineers
  • HDR Engineering Inc.
  • Anchor QEA
  • Jacobs Associates
  • Magnusson Klemencic Associates
  • Gray & Osborne
  • DKS Associates
  • Exponent
  • Transpo Group
  • Buckland & Taylor Ltd.-COWI
  • WH Pacific, Inc.
  • Brown and Caldwell
  • GeoEngineers
  •  Kotis Design
  • All of our YMF volunteers and judges.

This year’s prizes included: tickets to the Mariners, Amazon Kindles, and a variety of gift cards!

The following companies generously donated prizes to our winning teams: Root Sports, Tower Engineers, Six Strawberries Artisan Ice-Pops, The downtown Seattle Seahawks Pro Shop, Lids/Seattle Team Shop at Alderwood Mall, Red Mango at Southcenter Mall, Emerald City Smoothie, and Pyramid Brewery.

This competition would not be possible without Popsicle sticks which were kindly donated by the following companies:

  • Perfect Stix LLC
  • Artist and Craftsman Supply
  • Hardwood Products Company LLC.