Battle of the Bridges – Registration is Open for Saturday Only!

16th Annual Battle of the Bridge Contest

Friday & Saturday February 24th and 25th 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 for Saturday Only (Friday is full)

Rules, Tools, and Materials

Instruction Video

Facebook Livestream


Friday, February 24th:

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

Saturday, February 25th:

  • 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, February 24th: 2:15pm ~ 4:30pm (end of awards)

Saturday, February 25th: 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 2023:

  • All team members must know their team name at registration
  • Registration deadline February 22nd
  • Details of the Live Stream options will be made available closer to the event.
  • Masking will be voluntary 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.