SEATTLE, Jan. 29, 2019—On Feb. 8 two perennial favorites at the Museum provide both a wonderland and a haven for young geeks: the Popsicle Stick Bridge Building Contest and the Engineering Fair. The remarkably rambunctious Bridge Building Contest is a spectator sport next to the Museum's Mach 3 Blackbird. The Engineering Fair in the adjacent gallery is a curiously fun mix of hands-on activities, demos and meet the real-life engineer experiences, enlightening for parents and their children.

Popsicle Stick Bridge Contest
Passions run high on Saturday morning, as teams of high school students from around Puget Sound compete to have their dreams shattered in front of a large audience of parents and peers in the Museum’s Great Gallery. It is all engineered for good fun at the annual Popsicle Stick Bridge Building Contest, sponsored by the Younger Member Forum of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Competitors must design and build small bridges that are strong and aesthetically pleasing while using only Popsicle sticks and white glue. The bridges are judged for creativity, and then subjected to the pressures of a hydraulic press until they snap. The longest-lasting and most original structures win. Event runs 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., free with Museum admission.

Puget Sound Engineering Council Engineering Fair
The universal span of engineering is demonstrated at The Puget Sound Engineering Council’s annual Engineering Fair at The Museum of Flight. Youths interested in engineering can learn all about exciting career opportunities by talking to professionals in the field including those from NASA, Boeing and universities. Student clubs will be in force, and there are plenty of hands-on activities for young children. The 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. event is free admission; general admission is needed to enter the other galleries.


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