Saturday, 05 March 2011

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Agenda - 5th March 2011 - BBC 2011

10:30 AM Check-in Registration
12:00 PM Event Emcees: TBA
12:05 PM Welcome by BBC2011 Organizer: Uthayan Thurairajah, P.Eng.
12:10 PM Contest Procedures:
12:15 PM Competition Begins
3:15 PM Message from Chair of Scarborough Chapter - PEO
3:20 PM Messages from Guests
3:50 PM Distribution of Prizes – Bridge Performance and Assessment of Judges
4.20 PM Special Prize to Teachers
4:30 PM Group Pictures of Winners
5:00 PM Thank you by Event Manager

Distinguished Guests:

To be Announced

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Articles for the BBC 2011 Souvenir: We welcome articles from students/teachers on Bridges in general or their experiences in building 'Popsicle Stick Bridges' for inclusion in the BBC 2011 or future Souvenir. Please send your articles, pictures, etc. by 18 Feb 2011 to

Event Information

When 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Where Scarborough Civic Centre
150 Borough Drive, Toronto, ON M1P 4N7
North-West of McCowan Rd and Ellesmere Rd.
Public Transit: subway to Kennedy, then L.R.T. to Scarborough Town Centre
Driving: From Hwy401, take the McCowan South exit.
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Registration Contact:
Cost $6 entry fee per team

We are proud to hold our 8th Annual Bridge Building Competition for Scarborough students in grades 3-6 (Junior) and grades 7-8 (Senior).

Students build bridges out of Popsicle sticks and White school glue , and we break them right in front of them and a large audience! This is not a small task as some of the bridges built were very strong. In 2009, a bridge of about 250 gram, withstood a load of about 256 kg! Wow ; which means they could hold well over three times the weight of an adult!

Over the years that this competition has been run, the quality of the best bridges and their strength/weight ratio has consistently improved. The students are learning and getting better. One thing still puzzles though; how do the junior grades often produce bridges that consistently do better than the seniors? Visit our website and look at the results observed over the years.

Rules and acceptable material for bridge construction

Click here for "Rules of the Game" and Bridge Specifications

Use of material that is not specified in the rules will be a subject to disqualification.

*** Prizes Prizes Prizes ***

Over $1000 in prizes are expected to be won!! Total of 36 prizes!
Prizes will be awarded in the form of gift cards.

Bridge Performance (bridge capacity divided by bridge weight) Score and Judges' Score will be evaluated independently for both Senior and Junior levels. The prizes for first, second, and third place will be awarded to each category (Performance, Judges' Score) at each level (Senior, Junior)

Separate Prize for Performance and Judges' Score at each level (Senior/Junior)



Judges' Score


1st $120 per team
(max. of 3 team members)
$120 per team
(max. of 3 team members)
2nd $84 per team
(max. of 3 team members)
$84 per team
(max. of 3 team members)
3rd $60 per team
(max. of 3 team members)
$60 per team
(max. of 3 team members)

Special Prize for Teachers

Special Prize for Teachers based on Quantity (Number of Teams) and Quality (Performance of Bridge)

Registration - Closed 25 Feb 2011

Please make sure spellings are correct before clicking on SUBMIT.
The competition rules and other forms required for participating at this competition are available from the menu on the top left of this page. Please read the rules carefully.

Deadline for registration is Friday, February 25, 2011.

Signed 'Parental Conscent Form' and Fee of $ 6 per team to be presented at the Registration Desk on March 05, 2011.

The first 100 teams registered will be allowed to participate in the competition, since the maximum number of people allowed stay in the Council Chamber is limited to 350.

Registration is on a first come, first served basis. Initially, entries will be limited to six teams per school, plus individually entered teams not associated with a school registration. If space permits, additional school teams will be selected from the waiting list.