STEM Bridges

The finale to the APEGA Scouts STEM Day we tested the bridges the Scouts had built from popsicle sticks and wood glue to failure. Each Scout had 300 sticks and one regular scout meeting to build their bridge. They would be scored by taking the weight they could support (kg) divided by the weight of the bridge (g) and multiplying by their length (cm). The exercise was meant to show that in the engineering world there are real advantages to planning ahead, designing with a limited budget, and promoting efficiency.