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Popsicle Stick Bridge Contest

In partnership with EGBC, TRU will host the 18th Annual Popsicle Stick Bridge Contest on our Kamloops campus, see the agenda below for more information. We hope to see you there!

TRU Popsicle Stick Bridge Contest

The goal of the contest is to construct the strongest bridge possible with 100 Popsicle sticks and white glue. The bridge must span a 500 mm gap; otherwise, the design of the bridge is left up to the competitor. Specifications are included on the links below.

Bridges are normally built days or weeks in advance to allow glue to cure then tested to the point of failure on the day of the contest.

This event has become a popular annual favorite sparking friendly competition between elementary schools, high schools, university students, and engineering professionals. Results have grown more impressive from year to year.

This year's contest is sure to be exciting and we invite you and your friends, siblings, parents, classmates and teachers to enter the competition and enjoy the fun.

Participants are encouraged – but not required - to pre-register this year by submitting an email

As in previous years, entries will be accepted in the following categories

  • Elementary School (Grades 7 and under)
  • Secondary School (Grades 8 to 12)
  • Open (General public, mixed-category teams, university students, except professional engineers)
  • Corporate Cup (Open to engineering professionals only)

You may enter as an individual or as part of a team and are welcomed to enter as many bridges as you like. For team entries, the age of the oldest member will determine your bridge's competition category.

TRU Popsicle Stick Bridge Contest

Bridges may be registered on site the day of the competition 

Are you interested in more details?