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About the Event

The Annual Popsicle Stick Bridge Competition (PSBC), now in its 23rd annual year, is a free event for high school students that is hosted by ASCE's Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Bernardino/Riverside Younger Member Forums. The event brings together hundreds of local high school students to participate in a full-day competition to celebrate the engineering profession and highlight their achievements. The competition is a great opportunity to emphasize the benefits of pursuing higher education and careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics while promoting the engineering profession in our community.

Prior to the event day, participating high school teams will prepare technical reports, display boards, presentations, and of course – build their Popsicle stick bridges! The rules and specifications for bridge design change each year so it is critical that the teams read through and follow all instructions. On the day of the event these students (and their bridges) will be put to the test! Volunteers from the civil engineering profession and local college campuses will serve as judges testing the bridges; scoring technical papers, display boards, and presentations; hosting an impromptu competition; and giving tours.


With hard work and great support, this event continues to grow each year. Our event was recognized with the 2010 Los Angeles Council of Engineers and Scientists' Harry Staubs Memorial Award for Community Service, and the event has been previously featured in the LA Times, Channel 4 NBC, Channel 35, and local university media.


Teachers - Check back on the PSBC website and on Facebook for updates. Also make sure to email us to join our mailing list to get the latest information on the upcoming competition!


ASCE Members/Professionals/College Students - Email Us if you'd like to join our planning committee. Volunteer registration will be open soon. 

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-02/10/17: The official 2017 PSBC Competition Rules Handbook has been updated! Click Here To Download. Please submit any questions to

-02/10/17: Every student must sign and bring the following waiver in order to participate. Click Here to Download.

-01/06/17: Registration is now open for the 2017 PSBC competition! Deadline to register is Friday, February 17, 2017 or when we reach 100 teams*.

*Note: We have limited to 5 teams per school in an effort to allow more schools to participate. We will accept for up to 2 additional teams per school to be added to the registration waiting list. If the competition is not full after the February 17th registration deadline, we will open the additional spaces to those on the waiting list. Please send your wait list request to

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