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OK, so the way this is going to work, y'all, is I have a scale up here at the front that has a bunch of weight in it--

So basically, I built a bridge out of toothpicks. Not toothpicks, Popsicle sticks. It's supposed to put 75 pounds, or hopefully 75 pounds, hopefully this holds 75 pounds, and we'll see--

So now anything you add on there is going to show up. So now you have 2.4 pounds here.

Hi I'm Lilian. I am a chemistry major. We are in Statics, Physics of Engineering. So we built bridges out of Popsicle sticks and wood glue, and now we're going to be weighing it down with at least 75 pounds and see if it holds.

So that puts you just under 75 pounds.


All right! All right!


You want to continue until it breaks or do you want to let this bridge live?

I don't know, man. I mean, this was a lot of blood, sweat, and tears, but I kinda want to see how much it can hold.

[laughing] Oh, It's going!

Now, the rules say that people don't have to feel safe while they walk over it.


Honestly, I was surprised that it actually held 75 pounds even though I put a lot of layers of Popsicle sticks. I didn't know it could hold 75 pounds.

I'm really happy because I didn't think it was going to survive. Yeah.

You said it didn't break where you thought it would break?

Yeah, I actually I had a little issue with one of my members, in the fact that it was slightly too short. Right here. So I kind of had to jury-rig it and I broke a Popsicle stick, and I put it in half. So I was thinking that would probably be where it broke because it's like a weaker link. But it ended up breaking like right in the middle.

Just watching people do it this entire time has been really impressive because ours did not turn out how we wanted it to--


in any way shape or form. So to watch other people succeed, you're proud of them. It's a weird feeling.