RESTON, VA - After countless hours, intense conditioning, specific preparations and calculations, tweets and Instagram photo sharing, and a challenging regional competition, Texas A&M University has secured a place at the National Concrete Canoe Competition (NCCC). Texas A&M’s team, paddling in a concrete canoe they designed and built together, beat out several other schools’ competitors at the Texas-Mexico regional competition last month at University of Texas—Tyler. The team will compete against teams from 17 other regions at the NCCC, which will be held June 19-21, 2014, at The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.
“The NCCC showcases the teamwork, skill and creativity that civil engineers utilize every day in the workplace,” said Randall (Randy) S. Over, P.E. F.ASCE, president, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). “Advancing to the national competition demonstrates the Clemson team’s ability to collectively solve a problem and achieve a goal.”
In its 27th year, the NCCC prepares civil engineering students for their careers by challenging them to apply engineering principles to a real world task, while building project management and teamwork skills. The Concrete Canoe program is designed to challenges students’ knowledge, creativity and stamina. Over the course of the school year, dozens of teams across the country plan, research and construct a canoe out of concrete. The competition evaluates teams on design and construction of the canoe, a technical design report, a formal business presentation, and five different races—men’s and women’s slalom/endurance races and men’s, women’s and co-ed sprint races.