Popsicle Bridge Holds 500 lbs.

By on December 26, 2008 -- Modified on October 5, 2016

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. This looks so cool me and my group might do it.

    By Evie Newton -- April 18, 2017
    • how do you do that!!!!

      By bob -- April 28, 2017
  2. How many grams does the bridge weigh?

    By Ashley -- April 7, 2017
  3. Use lots of triangles and make sure you layer the Popsicle sticks up so that they wont break as easily.

    By alexis -- January 11, 2017
  4. Hey I need to build a bridge that holds 30 pounds and I like this design but I can only use 100 Popsicle sticks and I would like to know if this bridge would work with only 100 sticks

    By Andrew -- December 12, 2016
  5. 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.

    By Tara -- November 26, 2016
  6. what are the steps in order

    By dakota collett -- November 16, 2016
  7. what are the dimensions

    By Dylan -- April 8, 2014
    • the dimensionss are 6.9 by 6.9

      By daveed zarnigov -- May 23, 2014
  8. 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??

    By Lisa -- April 20, 2010
  9. Hello

    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.

    By Jo-Anne -- April 17, 2010
    • do you have pictures of the bridge… i am just curious. great job to your son!

      By Tara -- November 26, 2016
  10. Hey…
    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!

    By Rikko -- February 25, 2010
  11. 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.

    By Christopher -- January 23, 2010
    • 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™‚

      By mini -- April 4, 2011
  12. 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…

    By Mako -- January 18, 2010
  13. How many grams is it?

    By bitney -- December 6, 2009
    • 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

      By salisbury -- January 14, 2010
  14. 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.

    By Becky -- October 13, 2009
  15. Sweet; but i was wondering i need close-up pics of this so i can understand it better thankz πŸ™‚

    By Haley -- May 11, 2009
  16. 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.

    By Don Kenna -- April 23, 2009
  17. Hello,
    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

    By Sage -- April 17, 2009
  18. 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?

    By Meg -- March 3, 2009
  19. I think this design will work better than the one my partner choose. Thanks again. πŸ™‚


    By Tim -- February 11, 2009
  20. Very nice, and it looks sturdy. Can you give me some better (close-up) pictures?
    Thank you.


    By Tim -- February 11, 2009
  21. 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

    By airin larose -- January 9, 2009
    • use a lot of triangles

      By jacob -- April 23, 2014
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