École de Technologie Supérieure reigned victorious today at the 29th annual American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE) National Concrete Canoe Competition (NCCC). After three days of competition against 21 other teams, the Canadian team from École de Technologie Supérieure and its canoe, LESTGO, came out on top.
Over the course of the school year, 203 teams of civil engineering students logged thousands of hours researching, designing and constructing their unique concrete canoes in a quest for the winning combination of creativity, knowledge and teamwork to advance to the national competition, which took place June 9-11 at The University of Texas at Tyler in Tyler, Texas.
“I love watching these students embrace the challenge of creating these floating masterpieces. The teamwork, leadership, creativity and skills they display are truly impressive,” said Norma Jean Mattei, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, president-elect of ASCE. “The University of Texas at Tyler has done a great job hosting this successful event.”
The competition consists of both academic and athletic events, and the scores are divided into four components which are each worth 25 percent of the team’s final score. Students write a technical paper detailing the design and construction of their canoe and then give oral presentations about their year-long project. They are also judged on their final product, the canoe, and their accompanying display, which further explains their design process. Finally, they put their canoe to the test in a series of five race events—men’s and women’s slalom/endurance races and men’s, women’s and co-ed sprint races.
The winning team receives a $5,000 scholarship and a trophy. Second place team receives a $2,500 scholarship and a trophy, and the third place team receives a $1,500 scholarship and a trophy.
For the complete 2016 ranking, click here.