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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.


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.

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…

Pin Joint Bridge

Pin Joint Popsicle Stick Bridge

By on March 11, 2011 - Modified March 14, 2013

At our college earlier this year, we had to build a bridge using popsicle sticks within one hour. We were provided with about 60 sticks, a cushion of office pins and a tube of super-glue. I have attached a picture of the bridge we constructed, that eventually won the first place. I’m sorry I don’t have a better picture to show you.

Popsicle Arch Bridge

Basic Arch Popsicle Stick Bridge

By on February 26, 2011 - Modified December 28, 2013

This is a very simple yet elegant looking bridge that I built over Christmas break. This bridge spanned 16 inches and was made from 48 popsicle sticks. It held 75 pounds, which was right at what I was expecting.


Short Howe Truss Popsicle Bridge

By on December 24, 2010

I built this popsicle stick bridge to complete my short popsicle bridge series. This bridge uses the Howe Truss design. Previous to this I had built bridges using the Pratt and Warren trusses. This bridge was 13.5 inches long and used 50 popsicle sticks. It ended up holding 117 pounds before failing.

World’s Longest Popsicle Stick Bridge

World’s Longest Popsicle Stick Bridge

By on August 29, 2010

Here is the story of the Prairie Popsicle Stick Bridge told in video format. As far as I know, this is the longest working popsicle stick bridge that a person can walk across. If you know of a longer bridge that does the same, please let me know. The largest popsicle bridge was built back in 2008 in my dorm room at Prairie Bible College. For many nights I slept on the floor, as I was using my bed space as a worktable to glue the bridge together.


K-Truss bridge for Wake Tech engineering class

By on June 12, 2010 - Modified December 11, 2012

This bridge is supporting 191lbs of weight. It didn’t break, that was all the weight we could fit in the trash can. I believe this is close to the maximum load it could hold because the platform the jig is resting on was significantly bowed. The rest of the structure was rock solid. The construction of the bridge is popsicle sticks

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