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CANstruction 1998

CANstruction 1998

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
Promoting teamwork
Allowing students to experience various aspects of the design process
Having fun (and winning!)

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