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Verrazano Narrows Bridge

By on February 6, 2015 - Modified February 17, 2015

I decided, for the 50th birthday of the Verrazano Bridge, to put together a model. I always loved the bridge; I lived in its shadow in Brooklyn for years and now live on Staten Island, so I use it often. Being a 2 year dad, I get little time to work on it, and when I do, my little girl sometimes “helps.” 🙂 So it’s certainly not perfect, and is more of a diorama than scale model. Most materials I already […]


25″ Arched Warren Popsicle Stick Bridge

By on August 27, 2014

Re-engineered for 2014. This update to a classic design brings more realism, but with a cost. Find out more below.


Suspension Bridge

By on January 17, 2014

Thanks for the instructions. It was a great experience building this bridge for class project.


Masterpiece Popsicle Stick Bridge

By on January 14, 2013 - Modified March 14, 2013

This album highlights the Popsicle Stick Bridge that I entered into the Seattle ASCE Younger Member Forum’s Popsicle Stick Bridge Competition in 2009. This particular entry swept all first place prizes in every category: efficiency, aesthetics, and poster. It’s 30 inches long, 11 inches tall, 5 inches wide, weighs just under…

21" Howe Truss Popsicle Bridge

100 Stick Popsicle Bridge: 21″ Howe Truss

By on October 12, 2012 - Modified January 13, 2014

The 100 stick popsicle bridge challenge is on. This Howe Truss bridge uses 99 popsicle sticks, spans 21 inches, and holds 200+ pounds. It’s efficiency score is 678. This is an updated version of my old “Popsicle Bridge #3” which was the same length, but slightly different in construction.

JSU Math & Engr Fair 2012 - Murrah's winning bridge

Murrah High School’s Contest-winning Bridge

By on April 19, 2012 - Modified November 29, 2014

Hello! As promised, here are some pics of our bridge we entered into Jackson State Univ’s Mathematics & Engineering Fair (Jackson, MS). We were amongst what appeared to be a lot of other folks that were just as clueless as us about bridge building! This is our first effort, so a win is a win, right? It is made entirely of 1/8″ square balsa. It weighed 0.1 lbs (~45 g) & supported just under 10 lbs. The top chord is […]

Mr. Carlton's personal bridge (Central High School Springfield, MO)

Mr. Carlton’s personal bridge (Central High School Springfield, MO)

By on April 4, 2012 - Modified November 29, 2014

Basswood model bridge example (built by Mr. Carlton) for students competing in the MSPE competition at MSU April 4th

Ice Cream Stick Tower

Ice Cream Stick Tower

By on February 10, 2012 - Modified November 29, 2014

Here is an ice cream stick structure made up from 200 sticks, which carried 30kg. of weight. Submitted by Sandip Babar. Questions from Garrett What glue did you use to build this tower? Was this just for fun and what inspired your design? Did you learn anything from building this structure that you could share with the rest of us? Thanks for sharing!


2011 Maine Transportation Conference PSBC

By on December 24, 2011 - Modified March 14, 2013

Video highlighting the top three bridges from the Maine Transportation Conference Popsicle Stick Bridge Contest. These bridges are quite impressive, with the winner holding 1278 pounds before breaking. The commentary on this video contains useful observations and thoughtful opinions from the video makers.

Popsicle Suspension Bridge

New Popsicle Stick Suspension Bridge

By on November 26, 2011

Here is a sneak peak at one of my newest creations: a model suspension bridge made from popsicle sticks and parachute cord. This bridge was created as part of a custom project I was contracted to design. While I had been thinking about building a kit/blueprints for a popsicle stick suspension bridge, I had not been able to create one simple enough to replicate easily. However, I found a way to construct one with a simple method and this is the result.

see it on my web site when completed high iron models .com

Hell Gate Bridge 1/4 Scale

By on September 12, 2011 - Modified December 11, 2012

This post features one of the most intricate reader submitted bridges I have ever received. This is a model of the Hell Gate Bridge built by High Iron Models. Excellent work.

Warren Deck Truss Popsicle Bridge

Ultimate Popsicle Bridge Design?

By on April 18, 2011 - Modified March 17, 2013

This is quite an interesting popsicle bridge video. The maker claims it is the “ultimate popsicle bridge design” because it held 600 pounds. He also states in the description that he spent a large amount of time optimizing the Warren Truss. This is also probably part of his “ultimate design” claim…

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