The contest is open to all interested groups and individuals with the competition divided into four categories:
- Age 8 and Under
- age 9 and 12
- age 13 to 16, and
- age 17 and over
Bring the popsicle stick bridge that was built at home and/or school for testing. The completed bridge is to contain a maximum of 100 popsicle sticks joined together with glue. Cutting the sticks will be accepted. White glue is suggested, but other glues will also be allowed. Pinning or other connections will result in disqualification.
The bridge must be able to span 500 mm (be more than 500 mm in length) and be at least 50 mm wide for the length of the bridge. The surface is to be level; no significant incline or decline permitted. The surface does not have to be solid.