Polar Stick competition builds bridges – literally and figuratively

Western University hosts its annual Polar Stick Bridge Competition tomorrow (Friday, November 30) in the Spencer Engineering Building, Room 1200. The building competition begins at 2:45 p.m.

Hosted annually by Western’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, this year’s competition features students from Western and London area high schools building bridges with only the materials provided to each team at the time of registration: One (1) kg of 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.

There will be 48 total teams this year, including students from Western, A.B. Lucas, London Central, H.B. Beal, Saunders and Sir Wilfrid Laurier.

Photos from 2011 can be found here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/westerneng/sets/72157628195995167/

For more information, please contact Stephanie Laurence, Undergraduate and International Development Coordinator, Civil and Environmental Engineering, 519-661-2139, stephanie.laurence@uwo.ca

MEDIA CONTACT: Jeff Renaud, Senior Media Relations Officer, 519-661-2111, ext. 85165, @westernu_jr
Communications Staff