The finishing touches are cemented in shape on a Popsicle stick bridge. Photos Ted Huetter/The Museum of Flight.

The finishing touches are cemented in shape on a Popsicle stick bridge. Photos Ted Huetter/The Museum of Flight.

A happy haven for young engineering geeks

  • Friday, February 9, 2018 3:05pm
  • Life

The following is a press release from The Museum of Flight.

On Feb. 10 two free, perennial events provide a wonderland and a haven for young geeks when the Popsicle Stick Bridge Building Contest and the Engineering Fair return to the Museum.

The remarkably rambunctious Bridge Contest is a spectacle for families. The Engineering Fair is a curiously fun mix of hands-on robot, gizmo and even gumdrop activities for junior engineers.

Popsicle Stick Bridge Contest

Passions run high on Saturday morning, as teams of high school students from around Puget Sound compete to have their dreams shattered in front of a large audience of parents and peers.

It is all engineered for good fun at the annual Popsicle Stick Bridge Building Contest, sponsored by the Younger Member Forum of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Competitors must design and build small bridges that are strong and aesthetically pleasing while using only Popsicle sticks and white glue.

The bridges are judged for creativity, and then subjected to the pressures of a hydraulic press until they snap. The longest-lasting and most original structures win. The event runs 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is free.

Puget Sound Engineering Council Engineering Fair

The universal span of engineering is demonstrated at The Puget Sound Engineering Council’s annual Engineering Fair at The Museum of Flight.

Youths interested in engineering can learn all about exciting career opportunities by talking to professionals in the field including those from NASA, Boeing and universities. Student clubs will be in force, and there are plenty of hands-on activities for young children. The event is free, and runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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