Get a load of this bridge collapsing

Popsicle bridge-building contest test the engineering skills of Surrey students.

Pacific Academy student Tyler Hannaford, 10, watches as his popsicle bridge is load-tested until breakage on Feb. 28 at Kwantlen Polytechnic University.

Hannaford took part in a popsicle bridge-building contest that was organized for Surrey Grade 5-9 students by the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of B.C.

The students’ bridges, built before the testing event, were limited to 100 popsicles and white all-purpose glue, and had to span a 50-centimetre gap. Bridges were tested to their load capacity to their breaking point – in Hannaford’s case, a healthy 76.14 pounds.

Thirty-one students participated in the contest.