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* Universities throughout the Great Lakes region sent teams of future civil engineers to Purdue to race student-built concrete canoes during the 2007 American Society of Civil Engineers regional competition. (2:25)

May 2, 2007

Canoe teams prove that concrete can float

Purdue's chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers was the host to nearly 500 engineering students from throughout the Great Lakes region for two days of engineering skills contest on April 26-27.
A dozen universities entered the concrete canoe races held on a pond northeast of campus. Men, women and coed teams competed in both sprint and endurance slalom competitions.

The University of Wisconsin, national champions four years running, claimed a fifth consecutive regional title. Teams from the University of Illinois and Evansville University placed second and third. The hosting team, Purdue, placed fifth among women and sixth among men.
Other teams attending included Notre Dame University, University of Illinois-Chicago, Valparaiso University, Milwaukee School of Engineering, Marquette University, Bradley University, University of Southern Indiana and Tri-State University.
Student engineers also competed in a concrete Frisbee toss, steel bridge building and balsa wood tower building.

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