Physics Students Compete to Build Strongest Bridge

Using just popsicle sticks and glue, Upper School Physics students were challenged to the engineering task of building a bridge that could support, at a minimum, a weight of 11 pounds and a maximum of 44 pounds. Each bridge was required to be longer than 22 inches and allow for 6 inches of clearance in the middle 12 inches of the bridge.

The winning bridge (with the highest strength to weight ratio) was constructed by Oscar Monteleone '20 and held close to 130 pounds while a few bridges held more than 150 lbs and one even supported a person standing on it. In addition to building the physical bridge, students studied the engineering pros and cons behind the different types of bridges and how each bridge handles different forces.