Build bridges at Bridging the Triad

Open for kids and parents, this completely free bridge building competition helps promote STEM education in Winston-Salem.

A person in a navy "Bridging the Triad" shirt pours sand into a trashcan suspended from a bridge made of popsicle sticks, while a family watches.

Efficiency is the name of the game: total weight supported divided by mass. | Photo via Bridging the Triad

Calling all aspiring engineers. Recreation centers across the Triad are collaborating to host the Bridging the Triad bridge building competition. The goal? Promote STEM education in the community.

Teams will build their structures with 100 craft sticks + glue. The bridges will then be put to the test: volunteers will judge each bridge based on its total mass and the weight it can support.

Who can get involved? Just about everyone. Participants will compete across four age groups: 8-10, 11-14, 15-17, and adult (so parents can join in on the fun, too). An interest meeting will be held today, Jan. 10. Teams can build their bridges from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Jan. 17 and Jan. 24.

Winners from the local competition on Feb. 4 at Miller Park Community Center will move on to the regional competition in Thomasville on Sunday, Feb. 25. Prizes will go to the best performers and most creative design. Happy building.