CANstruction is a design/build competition to create structures built
entirely of canned and packaged foods that will be ultimately given to
organizations to help the needy. The structures are built according to
a particular theme. In 1997 the CANstruction competition was held in the
Portsmouth Children's Museum and the theme was children's stories. In 1998
the competition was held in the Virginia Marine Science Museum and the
theme was the "Year of the Ocean." Design teams include Engineering-related
companies, organizations, and student groups.
CANstruction competitions are held in various cities around the country.
This is the third year that the Hampton Roads area Enginneering foods and
groups have participated in CANstruction. The goal of the local project
is to raise 30,000 pounds of food for the FOODBANK of Southeastern Virginia.
Design teams met at the Virginia Marine Science Museum on Thursday, November
12, and had six hours (9AM - 3PM) in which to construct their designs.
No pre-constructed portions are allowed and only 5 team members are allowed
to work on the construction at any given time.
The theme for CANstruction 1998 was the "Year of the Ocean", so the
club members decided to do a lighthouse. This was the second year that
the TCC Engineering Club had participated in the contest. In 1997, the
TCC Engineering Club took first place with the Museum's Choice Award and
in 1998, the TCC Engineering Club was the runner up with an Honerable Mention.
The TCC Engineering Club has several goals in this contest, including:
||Collecting food for a good cause
||Providing an opportunity for students to use their skills and creativity
||Allowing students to experience various aspects of the design process
||Having fun (and winning!)
Teams and Awards
Sponsors and Expenses