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Toothpick bridge building contest for engineers of all ages

Does your child like to build? Here’s a chance for them to build their best bridge and see how it holds up compared to other structures built by kids, adults, even engineers.

The Toothpick Bridge Contest is open to all, and you can bet there will be some surprisingly strong entries from the sponsoring engineers — representing the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, and the Structural Engineers Association of Georgia.

Bridges in the traditional toothpick category may be built from only toothpicks and glue, while bridges entered in the open category can be made of any materials you choose. Entrants build their bridges ahead of time, then bring them to Fernbank Science Center in Decatur on Saturday, Feb. 25 for testing.

There is no need to register in advance, and there is no cost to participate. Admission to Fernbank is, as always, free.

One note: Don’t let your little engineers get too attached to their structures, as they will be tested to the point of failure (i.e., broken) during the contest.

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