General Information: Concrete Canoe is an annual competition hosted by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). There are four judged components to the competition: Design Paper, Oral Presentation, Product Display and Canoe Races. The 2019 Mid-Atlantic Regional Competition will be held from April 13th to 14th at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. The competition winner will then move on to the National Concrete Canoe Competition at the Florida Institute of Technology from June 6th to 8th.
Here at Drexel, the year starts with the design and testing of several concrete mixes. We batch and mix small test batches and once cured, cylinders are weighed and tested for compression. Next, the canoe forms are constructed and prepped for pour. This includes assembling a large wooden form around a hardened mold of the canoe broken into sections. Once the mix is finalized, the canoe can be poured and will be about 20 feet in length and weigh 250 to 350 pounds. In addition to making the canoe, an overall theme is created and a full display is built/decorated. Competition weekend includes displaying the canoe, giving a short presentation, and racing the canoe against the other schools within the region. Race day includes 2-male, 2-female, and a four-person co-ed race.
Even though concrete canoe falls under the ASCE, you do not need to be a civil engineer major to join. We are open to any discipline of engineering as well as any other major. This club is student led and student run, and offers valuable experience outside of the classroom.
Labs: Our lab is located at 3608 Powelton. Typically, we hold labs on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 PM; however, labs can meet on other days of the week depending on student availability.
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Concrete Canoe Team History:
National Placement: 10th
National Placement: 12th
National placement: 10th
National placement: 11th
National placement: 8th
National placement: 15th
Note: Regional and National competition were hosted by Drexel University.
National placement: 13th
National placement: 7th