Prairie Popsicle Stick Bridge

This is a popsicle stick bridge I built while in the last few weeks of my fall college semester. I used 924 popsicle sticks to build this bridge. This bridge was 5 feet long, 10 inches tall, and 8 inches wide. I had to sort through 2600 popsicle sticks to find enough usable ones. The first testing of the bridge consisted of 220 pounds worth of weights. The second testing included putting a piece of plywood on top of the bridge and me standing on it (170 pounds). We noticed that one end diagonal chord was bending tremendously, so I decided to call off any more testing until I could repair that one piece

Popsicle Stick Bridge Videos

Here is a video playlist I created from youtube of selected popsicle bridge movies. You can see a variety of testing methods used in these videos. You can also see a lot of people not wearing eye protection, which is not a good idea. Always wear eye protection when testing a bridge.