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Competition weighs in popsicle bridge strength

Unlike London, a group here in Fort St. John will be encouraging their bridges to fall down.

On Saturday, the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia (APEGBC) will be hosting its annual popsicle stick bridge building contest at North Peace Secondary School.

Registration for the event has already begun, but people can also register on Saturday at 11 a.m. Bridges will be tested starting at noon and there are already more than 100 bridges entered in the competition.

The competition will be judged on how many pounds per square inch (PSI) of pressure each bridge can withstand. Competitors will bring their already constructed bridges, which will then be “destroyed” by seeing how much weight each can hold. The bridge that can hold the largest amount will win the competition.

A machine, which was refurbished and upgraded by Epscan Industries, will be testing the competitors’ bridges.

The competition will be divided into three different categories. The categories are junior, grades 3-6, senior, grades 6-12 and an open category for adults or anyone else who wants to participate.

Prizes for the competition will include cash as well as gift certificates. A prize will also be handed out to the most originally designed bridge.

Anyone interested in registering for the competition can contact Mandy at 250-785-1195 and must have their bridges submitted by 11 a.m. Saturday at the NPSS gym.

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