Smiths Falls – Chimo Elementary School was proud to host twenty-seven teams from nine schools across the Upper Canada District School Board on Wednesday for the 2018 Regional Popsicle Stick Bridge Competition.
The sixth annual competition, held in partnership with the Thousand Islands Chapter of Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO), encouraged student teams to build small bridges out of Popsicle sticks and glue, based on guidelines provided by PEO. Bridges were then “stress-tested” using a special handcranked machine known as “BUSTER!” to determine how much load they could bear. The goal is to
inspire students to pursue engineering as a career.
Teams from Perth and District Collegiate Institute earned first and second prizes at this year’s event.
The PDCI team of Fisher Horn, Ethan Horne and Matthew Frazer posted a winning load of 152 kilograms.
Second place was earned by the PDCI team of Aryanna Sweeney, Khalil Kafieh, and Nathalie Caya, at 126.2 kilograms. The Chimo Public School team of Stephano Compton and Brandon Moore achieved third after their bridge withstood a load of 124.5 kilograms.