Battle of the Bridges

15th Annual Battle of the Bridge Contest

Friday & Saturday March 4th & 5th at the Putnam Museum

Streamed Virtual from the Putnam Museum
ALL AGES, with 2-4 people per team
Cost: $25.00 per team

The event is open to any students elementary school up, families, college students, and professionals. A team may consist of one to four people, where all team members must be signed up on the registration form.

OBJECTIVE: Build a model bridge using the prescribed tools and provided materials with the greatest structural efficiency.

Register Here

Rules, Tools, and Materials

Instruction Video

Facebook Livestream


Friday, March 4th:

  • Check-in/Setup: 11:30am – 12pm
  • Building: 12:15pm – 3:15pm
  • Load Testing: 2:15pm ~ 4:15pm
  • Awards Ceremony: ~4:15pm ~ 4:30pm

Saturday, March 5th:

  • Check-in/Setup: 8am – 8:30am
  • Building: 8:45am – 11:45am
  • Lunch Break: 11:45pm – 12:15pm
  • Load Testing: 10:45am ~ 1:15pm
  • Awards Ceremony: ~1:15pm ~ 1:30pm

Live-streamed (Load Testing and Awards):

Friday, March 4th: 2:15pm ~ 4:30pm (end of awards)

Saturday, March 5th: 10:45am ~ 1:30pm (end of awards)


  • Professional/Societies (All adults ≥ 18 years old, for bragging rights only!)
  • Family (Any combination – kids, adults, seniors, up to one engineer)
  • Post-Secondary (Beyond Grades, back from 2015!)
  • High School (Grades 9-12)
  • Middle School (Grades 7-8)
  • Elementary School (Grades 4-6)

Highlights for 2022:

  • All team members must know their team name at registration
  • Registration deadline March 3rd
  • Details of the “Live Stream” options will be made available closer to the event.
  • Masking will be required during the event
  • Bridge 101.ppt (link to video) (1)



Pictures from previous years

Information From Previous Bridge Events:

Battle of the Bridge History:
In 2008, the Quad City Engineering and Science Council sponsored it’s first bridge building contest as part of a series of workshops supporting the Da Vinci Exhibit at the Putnam Museum in Davenport.  Based on the success of the contest, this is now an annual event.