How to Build a Popsicle Stick Bridge

A popsicle stick bridge classic science competition and demonstration. Each year, students from all over the world build bridges made only from glue and popsicle sticks to determine which can bear the most weight. Popsicle stick bridge building can prove to be a very enjoyable craft to do with a child or a friend.

Materials You’ll Need

  • A few sheets of paper
  • Elmer’s white glue
  • Masking tape
  • Popsicle sticks

 How to Build a Popsicle Stick Bridge

How to Build a Popsicle Stick Bridge

  1. Gather all materials. This would include paper, glue, tape and popsicle sticks. 50 popsicle sticks will be needed for the bridge.
  2. A sheet of paper should be taped flat on the table in a way where the long side should face you.
  3. At the paper bottom, you tape down 2 popsicle sticks. Use thin pieces of tape for this. The sticks should be spaced apart into its center area. Both paper edges should be where your ends will touch.
  4. An additional 2 popsicle sticks must be placed at about 4-inch distance preceding the 1st two. To connect the bottom and top, lay one popsicle stick on both ends. This should angle toward its middle. Glue the sticks on.
  5. Making triangle shape for its side, go on in placing the diagonal sticks.
  6. The same process should be repeated for the other side. Let both sides dry completely afterwards.
  7. Get 2 stacks of books. Space them apart to you desired bridge width. Get each side and proceed in taping it against the book stacks.
  8. Some popsicle sticks should be glued to be able to connect the bridge’s bottom and top. You have to be sure that the bridge doesn’t lean. Allow everything to completely dry after this. You can then the strength of the bridge to be able to determine how much it can bear.

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