SEATTLE, Jan. 26, 2017--On Feb. 4 two free, perennial events provide a wonderland and a haven for young geeks when the Popsicle Stick Bridge Building Contest and the Engineering Fair return to the Museum. The remarkably rambunctious Bridge Contest is a great spectacle for families. The Engineering Fair is curiously fun, and definitely one-stop shopping for answers to kids questions about technical careers.
Popsicle Stick Bridge Contest
Passions run high on Saturday morning, as teams of high school students from around Puget Sound compete to have their dreams shattered in front of a large audience of parents and peers. It is all engineered for good fun at the annual Popsicle Stick Bridge Building Contest, sponsored by the Younger Member Forum of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Competitors must design and build small bridges that are strong and aesthetically pleasing while using only Popsicle sticks and white glue. The bridges are judged for creativity, and then subjected to the pressures of a hydraulic press until they snap. The longest-lasting and most original structures win.
Event runs 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., free.
The universal span of engineering is demonstrated at The Puget Sound Engineering Council's annual Engineering Fair at The Museum of Flight. Youths interested in engineering can learn all about exciting career opportunities by talking to professionals in the field including those from NASA, Boeing and universities. Student clubs will be in force, and there are plenty of hands-on activities for young children. The event is free, and runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Images - Top: Passions run high with contestants in the Popsicle Stick Bridge Contest. Below: Young engineers at the Engineering Fair. Photos Ted Huetter/The Museum of Flight, Seattle.
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Founded in 1965, the independent, nonprofit Museum of Flight is one of the largest air and space museums in the world, serving more than 560,000 visitors annually. The Museum's collection includes more than 160 historically significant airplanes and spacecraft, from the first fighter plane (1914) to today's 787 Dreamliner. Attractions at the 20-acre, 5-building Seattle campus include the original Boeing Company factory, and the only full-scale NASA Space Shuttle Trainer.
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