Building Bridges to an Engineering Career
Prince George, B.C.- The call is out for would be engineers to start building!
The 20th annual Ultimate Bridge Building Contest and Geo Rocks Event is scheduled for April 1st ( no fooling) at the Pine Centre Mall and will determine who can build the strongest bridge from popsicle sticks.
March is National Engineering and Geoscience month and the contest will wrap up the celebrations.
Mike Mason is an Automation Specialist at Wolftek Industries in Prince George. He says the event is key to planting the seeds for future opportunities “This event is really important because it helps give kids an introduction into how fun engineering can be. For me, I’ve always known I wanted to be an engineer, but there are a lot of kids that don’t know engineering is such a great profession. So for those kids, we’re giving them a fun introduction to a great profession.”
Engineering is a very high demand field says Mason “Especially in the North and the more we can train engineers from the North, it will be easier to fill those engineering positions in the North.”
There are five different categories with prizes for the top three finishers in each for the strongest bridge. Mason says there is also an esthetics contest “We see a lot of creativity in the esthetics contest. People bring out paint, they decorate the bridges it’s really neat to see that creativity.” He says whether or not the bridges can stand the pressure testing, the best part is seeing the kids have fun “If fun for one kid means the bridge gets painted and it doesn’t hold a lot of weight, then that’s a successful bridge in my mind.”
This is not a contest for someone who wants to hang on to their creation says Mason “We smash the bridges so if it’s your pride and joy, in the end it’s going to get destroyed.”
He says there is one popsicle stick bridge that is used for promotion “Someone put a lot of effort into it, and when push came to shove a couple of years ago, that person wasn’t able to crush their bridge, so we use that bridge for our promotion bridge, but other than that, all the bridges get crushed.”
Contestants are only allowed a maximum of 100 popsicle sticks per bridge which must be at least 50mm wide Full contest rules and registration forms are available by clicking here
Need popsicle sticks? Contact Mike Mason directly (250-561-1556) and he will personally deliver them. “We are very keen to get groups like elementary school classes, high school classes hockey teams, Boy Scout groups, Girl Scout groups, and we’ve been very fortunate to get those kinds of groups in the past.”
The contest isn’t just for the young folk, as there is a category for professionals and one for ‘open adult’.