Orange County Branch Newsletter
ASCE OC K-12 Outreach Committee
2018 Popsicle Stick Bridge Competition
By Adeleine J. Tran, YMF Networking Social Co-Chair
On March 3rd, 2018, ASCE LA Younger Member Forum (LA YMF) hosted the 24th Annual Popsicle Stick Bridge Competition (PSBC). The event took place at California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA) with over 50 schools, 200 students and faculty advisors, and 70 ASCE volunteers from the Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Diego YMF sections. Some of the volunteers were actually former high school students who previously participated in the same competition!
Student teams were judged based on their posters, oral presentations, technical papers, craftsmanship, and lastly, their bridges’ performance when subjected to loading. In between the competition, the students also participated in fun, creative team-building challenges, enjoyed campus tours led by CSULA’s ASCE Student Chapter, and were inspired by keynote speaker ASCE Society President-Elect, Robin Kemper and our very own ASCE OC board member, Isamar Escobar. The competition ended with a special screening of ASCE’s Dream Big film to further inspire future generation of engineers. ASCE OC K-12 had a great time volunteering and supporting LA YMF with the event – what a fun way to engage local high school students and introduce them to the amazing civil engineering profession!