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"Canstruction" Event Will Build Engineering Skills, Fight Hunger

For release: March 17, 2011
For press information, contact Dr. Stephanie Ivey, 901-678-3286

Teams from five high schools in Memphis and Shelby County will build amazing structures from cans of food as part of the “Canstruction” competition on Friday, March 25, at the University of Memphis. 

The competitors will assemble their sculptures between 9 a.m. and noon in the Herff College of Engineering Administration Building lobby, located on the second floor. Judging will be held from noon to 1 p.m., followed by an awards ceremony. The structures will remain on display through March 31.

Participating schools are Bartlett High School, Collierville High School, Harding Academy, St. Agnes Academy and White Station High School.

The event is organized by the Younger Members Group of the American Society of Civil Engineers West Tennessee Branch. The high school teams, mentored by a professional civil engineer and a civil engineering student, design and build giant structures entirely from full cans of food. After the event, the cans are donated to local food banks for distribution to pantries, shelters, soup kitchens, and elder and day care centers.

This is the fifth year for the Younger Members Group event. To date, the competition has contributed more than 50,000 pounds of food to the Memphis Food Bank.

For more information, contact Dr. Stephanie Ivey at 901-678-3286 or

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