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Bridge-building contest open to the public in Comox Valley this April

Testing day is on April 27, where each bridge will be stressed until it collapses
Ice Pop, Grade 6 bridge builders from Annunciation School won second place in their age category at the April 22 Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia popsicle stick contest for students across the province. In 2024, contestants in Courtenay will be creating their own bridges and competing at Driftwood Mall. (Photo: supplied)

Who can build the strongest stick bridge?

That’ll be settled April 27 as a Courtenay bridge building competition will reach testing day. The Engineers & Geoscientists B.C. society is inviting locals to get their own kit, build a bridge at home and bring it to a community event for a day of fun.

Testing day will be Saturday, April 27 at 9 a.m. The stick bridges will be “tested to destruction” between London Drugs and Dollarama at the Driftwood Mall to see whose was the strongest before collapse.

The general public categories will be: contestants six years and under, six to nine, 10 to 13, 14 to 18 and above 18. Anyone interested in getting a kit to build a bridge can reach Hal Marytn at or visit the administrative office at the Driftwood Mall to pick up a kit.

This is an at-home building activity. Everyone will be expected to bring their completed bridge to Driftwood Mall on competition day.

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Connor McDowell

About the Author: Connor McDowell

Started at the Record in May 2023. He studied journalism at the University of King’s College in Halifax
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