Cheering over the collapse of a bridge doesn’t happen every day. But it was a familiar sound at the 20th Annual Popsicle Stick Bridge Competition sponsored by Beezley Management on February 15 at California State University, Northridge.
The public was invited to watch more than 250 students from 71 teams discover how much weight their model bridges, made of Popsicle sticks and white glue, could hold when tested in front of their peers, teachers and parents. Hosted by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Younger Member Forum, the competition drew 31 high schools from across Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino and Riverside Counties for a full-day celebration of math, science and engineering.
“This competition taught students much more than how to build cool bridges out of wood and glue,” said Jonathan Levy, a member of CSUN’s Civil Engineering and Construction Management Department’s Advisory Board and founder of Beezley Management. “Students learned about the daily challenges faced by civil engineers and other industry practitioners, and also about the importance of leadership, teamwork and creative problem-solving.”
Beezley staff served as volunteers as students participated in the competition, campus tours and impromptu events. Winning teams received cash scholarships thanks to the generosity of Beezley Management and other event sponsors.