Popular Polar Stick competition returns to Western

Western University hosts its annual Polar Stick Bridge Competition tomorrow (Friday, November 29) in the Spencer Engineering Building, Room 1200. The popular bridge building competition runs from 4 to 6 p.m.

Hosted annually by Western’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, this year’s competition features students from Western and local area high schools building bridges with only the materials provided to each team at the time of registration: One (1) kg of Nestle Polar Sticks, one (1) bottle of glue and one (1) spool of floss

Each entry is tested with weights (to the point of structural failure) to determine which design is most sound. The entries are also judged on aesthetic appeal.

Prizes will be awarded for Best Overall Bridge, Best Bridge Built by a First-Year Engineering Student (or Team), Best Bridge Built by a High School Student (or Team) and Most Aesthetically Pleasing Bridge.

There will be 28 bridge submissions this year, including students from A.B. Lucas Secondary School, Woodstock Collegiate Institute and Western.

Photos from the 2012 competition can be found here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/westerneng/sets/72157632158710025/

For more information, please contact Stephanie Laurence, Undergraduate & International Development Coordinator at 519-661-2139 or via email at stephanie.laurence@uwo.ca