Withstanding the test

The second annual Northern Branch APEGBC Popsicle Stick Bridge Building competition was held on Saturday April 30 at Mount Elizabeth Secondary.

The second annual Northern Branch APEGBC Popsicle Stick Bridge Building competition was held on Saturday April 30 at Mount Elizabeth Secondary.

There were 97 entries, 50 of which qualified to have their bridges broken by the bridge breaker donated by Rio Tinto Alcan (RTA).

A total of $2,200 in prizes and giveaways were awarded, of which  $1,700 went directly to the classrooms of the winning teams for school trips, supplies, etc.

The first place finishers by category were:

q Grades 11 and 12: Physics 2 (MESS) – $500 (sponsored by Bechtel Canada).

q Grades 8, 9 & 10: Wood Wizards (MESS) $500 (Andritz).

q Grades 6 & 7: Inventeurs (John Field Elementary School, Hazelton) $500 plus an additional $500 for the overall strongest bridge (broken at 164 lbs of force) (Ridley Terminals).

The Aesthetic award went to Slammerz Construction (Nechako Elementary) – $200 (Kitimat Iron).

The Rio Tinto Alcan (RTA) Excellence in Bridge Design and Innovation trophy and a $500 cheque for the classroom will be presented at a school assembly in Hazelton.

The winners are already planning to improve their design for next year’s competition.

APEGBC Northern Branch, thanked RTA, as legacy donor, for providing a foundation for this event to continue for many years to come.

There was also a nod to Lapointe Engineering, event sponsor, and specifically Mark Gravel (chairman) and Carolyn Littmann for organizing and running this event.

Thank you also to our silver sponsors who so generously provided financial contributions.

 

We look forward to next year’s event and hope to see you there.