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Take your best shot at a bridge

Whose bridge will be the last to fall?

That is the question to be answered at the Pine Centre Mall on Feb. 23, with the 16th annual Ultimate Bridge Building Contest and Geo Rocks Event.

The event is being hosted by the local branch of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists as a lead-in to National Engineering and Geoscience Month in March.

The rules are quite simple: Take 100 Popsicle sticks and some all-purpose white glue. Build a bridge that is 600 mm long, which allows it to span a 500 mm gap and have a bearing area on each end. You can not cut or split the sticks; they must be left whole.

The deck of the bridge must be wide enough to support a Hot Wheels car, and allow it to drive the entire length. The deck should be made of construction paper or regular weight bond.

Bridges will be judged separately on the basis on aesthetics and the ratio of load-carrying capacity to bridge mass. (So if you want to add some colour to your bridge, go right ahead.)

The APEG will have a registration desk at the mall on Feb. 2 with packages and information available. Forms and information are also available at Completed forms can be e-mailed to or faxed to 250-563-1941. The deadline for registration is Feb. 18.


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