Hi, I just wanted to share the excitement…by using ideas from your website (recommended by my son’s Cub Scout leader) my son Jackson and I were able to build a Popsicle bridge with approximately 125 sticks. It set a new record by holding 500 lbs. for about 15 seconds before breaking! Thanks for the great ideas…not bad for the first try

Popsicle Bridge Holds 500 lbs.

Hi, I just wanted to share the excitement…by using ideas from your website (recommended by my son’s Cub Scout leader) my son Jackson and I were able to build a Popsicle bridge with approximately 125 sticks. It set a new record by holding 500 lbs. for about 15 seconds before breaking! Thanks for the great ideas…not bad for the first try! Mark from Fenton, MI

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  1. airin larose - January 9, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    hi my name is airin and im in an engineering class at my school and we have been assigned a project to build a popsicle stick bridge that can hold alot of weight. if you could email my group some good hints or ideas on how you did this. or better yet how did you do this…
    airin larose from pacific high school

    • jacob - April 23, 2014 at 12:22 pm

      use a lot of triangles

  2. michael - January 22, 2009 at 2:39 am

    how many grams is it? πŸ™‚ thanks.

  3. Tim - February 11, 2009 at 11:09 am

    Very nice, and it looks sturdy. Can you give me some better (close-up) pictures?
    Thank you.


  4. Tim - February 11, 2009 at 11:10 am

    I think this design will work better than the one my partner choose. Thanks again. πŸ™‚


  5. zaid - February 22, 2009 at 7:56 am

    This year, I am competing in a tournament held by a university. I just hope that you can e-mail me about the best bridge model ever designed

  6. Meg - March 3, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    It doesn’t look like it could hold too much, if the weights were put on the top. A Popsicle stick positioned horizontally can hold about 7lbs. Wouldn’t those sticks break?

  7. Sage - April 17, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    I am working on a project about “How much weight dose a popsticle stick bride hold”?
    I was woundering if you can e-mail me the steps and the matireals needed for this topic.

    Frechman, Waipahu High School, Honolulu

  8. Don Kenna - April 23, 2009 at 11:30 am

    i am a physics teacher in Fargo, ND and my students build bridges for about a month at the end of the school year. i have just found this posting. last year one of my students built a bridge that held 2100 lbs of weight plates. i cannot remember the weight of the bridge but it set a new record at my school.

  9. Haley - May 11, 2009 at 10:39 am

    Sweet; but i was wondering i need close-up pics of this so i can understand it better thankz πŸ™‚

  10. Becky - October 13, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    hello I have to build a bridge for science class that weighs less than 350 grams but holds 300 pounds. Would you mind emailing the plans to me or give me pointers? it is also an amazing bridge by the way.

  11. david - October 29, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    hi, i was wondering if anyone can give my any strong bridge ideas for a bridge that has to weigh under 30 g and take 50kg of weight

  12. Diana - November 10, 2009 at 11:02 am

    I am an egineering student who needs to build a bridge of popsickle sticks that can holdd 110lbs or more, and I was wondering if you could email me a procedure, or some helpful tips. Thanks πŸ™‚

  13. Tom - November 19, 2009 at 10:59 am

    Hello im in a science class for building a bridge out of balsa wood and we were wondering if we could get some hints. Thanks πŸ™‚

  14. bitney - December 6, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    How many grams is it?

    • salisbury - January 14, 2010 at 11:39 pm

      i recently finished a bridge building project, our bridge was 250 grams and held 539 pounds, had we not run out of weight and had to go get more we might have topped 600 with ease

  15. Mako - January 18, 2010 at 4:21 am

    Hello, I’m Mako and I am a science highschool student. My professor in physics asked me to do a bridge out of popsicles. He told me that there is a certain bridge design that could hold up to 500lbs.
    I suddenly ended up finding this website and I really need some pointers on how you did that bridge. Please e-mail me some tips about bridge building…

  16. Christopher - January 23, 2010 at 9:10 am

    Hi i am a middle school student and I need to build really strong popsicle stick bridge for Engineering for Engineer Day at UK (University of Kentucky). Could you maybe e-mail me some strong bridge plans. Thanks.

    • mini - April 4, 2011 at 12:10 am

      Hi i just read you post and at dimboola in 8/9 metalwork were making metal bridges so hope you had fun building it πŸ™‚

  17. joshua - January 28, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    how long was that bridge? was it anywere near 14inches

  18. JamesColbert - February 24, 2010 at 11:06 am

    Mine held 1000 pounds what now

  19. Rikko - February 25, 2010 at 9:38 am

    i was wondering if you could leave a message on her saying how much grams it weighs, since i am doing a project and the bridge needs to be less than 100 grams. Thank you!

  20. Kalamarie - April 15, 2010 at 7:46 am

    is it under 500 grams ??

  21. Jo-Anne - April 17, 2010 at 3:17 pm


    Great design. My Son, took yourr pictures off this website and from your picture built the bridge but made several improvements. He added more upright popicle sticks to the side and did not cut any popsice sticks and allowed them to extended out. He layered another truss on the outside and beefed up the top with three layers going in three different directions. The bridge was exactly 150 sticks. They started testing it with 50 lbs weights and went up. THey ran out of weights in the gym to test it, so a gentlemen in the crowd jumped up on top (his weight….240 lbs)….the bridge still didn’;t break. After 635 lbs and no more weight to add….the teacher gave my son an A plus. Great design. Thanks.

  22. Lisa - April 20, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    wow that really cool i have to build a bridge for science and i really was thinking of using yours a starting plan and adding but my weights will have to hang from the bottom of the bridge not the top.. do you think that will make a difference??

  23. darren - March 4, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    i was wondering if i could use your design, and i needed to know how long the bridge is?

  24. Nolan - April 11, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    How long is the bridge? I need to make it about 20inches in length using only 125 sticks with 18inches of clear space in the middle.

  25. Emily - May 14, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    Hi, Can we please know how you build this bridge? Like the materials you used? What kind of glue did you use?

  26. Dylan - April 8, 2014 at 11:31 am

    what are the dimensions

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