Students Win Bridge-Building Contest Using Popsicle Sticks

Using nothing more than standard Popsicle sticks and white school glue, students at Francisco Bravo Medical Magnet in Los Angeles built a bridge that weighs less than a pound, yet can support 489 pounds.

Bravo competed against 40 other schools from Los Angeles and Orange counties in the 15th annual competition sponsored by The American Society of Civil Engineers. Teams are judged on various categories, including technical reports, presentation, poster boards and the ability of their bridge to support large weights. Aesthetics and bridge efficiency are also taken into account.

Bravo's bridge finished first overall and also won first place in impromptu design.

The winning team members are Charisse Wong, Winnie Wong, Jung Hoon Lee and Matthew De Los Santos. Their coach is Bravo science teacher and science department chair, Michael A. Morgan.

This is the third year in a row Bravo's entry has placed in the bridge building competition.

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