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Science Central tests student-built bridges on Saturday

What can you make with 100 Popsicle sticks and Elmer’s Glue? For 20 area middle school students, their ability to build bridges from these everyday items will be put to the test on Saturday, February 16, at Science Central’s 14th Annual Middle School Bridge Design Competition.   Twelve registered bridges built by individual students and teams will be subjected to stress tests to see how much pressure their projects can bear.

Registration for the event begins at 10 a.m., with testing beginning at 10:30 a.m. in Science Central’s Lincoln Financial Foundation Demonstration Theater.  Walk-in competitors will be allowed, however their bridges must be built to contest specifications.

The bridge-building competition challenges students in the areas of engineering, design, science and creativity. The goal of the competition is to make students more aware of both the fun and the challenging aspects of the professional and technical world. Students will compete for cash prizes and passes to Science Central.

“Science Central is pleased to work with the National Engineers Week Committee on this event,” said Science Central Executive Director Martin Fisher. “The bridge-building competition helps us spark an interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, fields that are important to help our community be strong and economically vital. We hope these kids evolve into our next generation of engineers.”

Science Central, a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization, has provided a hands-on fun learning environment for over 17 years.  Through our 120+ exhibits, school tours, distance learning programs and weekend public events, we bring the excitement of science and technology to over 130,000 children and adults annually. For more information, contact Science Central at (260) 424-2400 or visit us on the web at