Bridge Building

Grades 7 to 9 Bridge Building Competition

All Junior High School Science Classes (Grades 7 - 9) throughout Newfoundland and Labrador are invited to participate in the Annual Model Bridge Competition sponsored by PEGNL. The objective is to design and construct the strongest model bridge, in accordance with competition rules, using only popsicle sticks and white glue. Each bridge will be judged by a panel of practicing civil engineers for quality of construction and application of engineering principles and then each bridge will be tested to destruction. Students can participate individually or in teams - the maximum being 4 students per team.

Registration Poster 2020

Prizes will be awarded to the student or team in each Chapter (Eastern, Central, Western and Labrador) constructing the strongest bridge. Prizes for 2020 will be announced soon!

For further information, please call 753.7714; or email


To register for the competition click on this link for the Registration Form


Rules for the 2020 are available here!

Bridge Making Tips

Click here for tips on how to build your bridge.

Bridge Day Presentation

Click on link to view a video.

Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q.'s)

1. Can tongue depressors, stir sticks, etc. be used to build the bridge?
No, popsicle sticks only.

2. Can I use wood glue, glue sticks, etc?
No, only white school glue.

3. Can I cut the popsicle sticks?

4. Can I paint my bridge?

5. Will I get my bridge back?
Bridges broken at the Geo Centre: Yes, you can claim your bridge within one hour from when it is broken. For bridge days in other region please check with the volunteers in that region.

6. Do I have to be there when my bridge is broken?
No. Please note that it takes a while to break all the bridges, your bridge may be broken later in the day.

7. My school isn't participating, can I still participate?
Yes! Just fill out a registration form and send it in, then show up with your bridge on Bridge Day!

8. Will there be other activities during bridge day?
This depends on the region. Please check the schedule of events for your area

9. Do I have to pay for entry to the GeoCentre?
No, admission to the centre is free all day (9:30am-5:00pm). Admission to the 3D theatre is at regular cost.