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    This Years Concrete Canoe Competitions!

    In a previous article we’ve already talked about the rather bizarre phenomenon of concrete canoes – certainly a whole world away from pattern imprinted concrete driveways! As a quick recap, you can experiment with aggregates to create concrete that will remain buoyant, and in America they even have a National Concrete Canoe Competition!

    Concrete Canoe Competition - Oregon State University

    Concrete Canoe Competition - Oregon State University

    This competition brings together students from all over America to compete and see who can build the best concrete canoe! This year’s competition is happening between June 16th and June 18th at the University of Evansville in Evansville, Indiana. Last year’s competition was won by California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

    This year has seen the phenomenon grow in popularity – concrete canoes were also being judged at the 2011 Mid-Continent Student Conference, held at K-state university Kansas between April 27th and April 30th. In this competition, the canoes were judged in four categories:

    • An oral presentation: discussing the team’s construction and design methodology
    • A technical paper: detailing the design of the canoe, technical specs, blueprints and whatever else is relevant
    • A canoe race: which team can perform best with their canoe?
    • Aesthetics of the final product

    Image by Oregon State University

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