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Concrete Canoe

April 27 EDT

UMass Lowell

Taking place at UMass Lowell

The annual ASCE concrete canoe competition challenges students to design and build canoes made of concrete that are strong yet lighter than water and then race them. The entries are graded based on the quality of the product, its engineering design, presentation and aesthetics as well as the race results.

Last modified on Apr. 3rd at 1:57pm by Kari Lake.
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    This concrete canoe spent a few weeks in the Mendel Pond during spring semester, but why?.  Our investigative reporter uncovered the fact that the canoe was a successful practice piece created by Merrimack’s Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineer (ASCE) students which gave significant insight into what needs to be done for next year’s Concrete Canoe Competition for which they plan to build a larger scale model.   Our students placed the canoe in the pond to confirm their design and ensure that it would float, and to help advertise the CE program to incoming freshman and any other visitors to campus.   The student primarily responsible for completing this canoe was Freeman (Bo) Boynton ‘13.