Rowan Univ. Engineers Build Concrete Canoe for Race

Rowan Univ. Engineers Build Concrete Canoe for Race

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Who: Six Rowan University Engineering students What: Are building a cement canoe they will race at a regional collegiate competi
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Who:
Six Rowan University Engineering students

What:
Are building a cement canoe they will race at a regional collegiate
competition.

When:
The race is on April 8, but the students are testing their canoe on
Sunday, 3/26, at approximately 1 p.m. The students will meet at noon at
Rowan Hall to load the canoe on a flatbed trailer.

Where:
Past prototypes are in a lab in Rowan Hall. The current canoe will be
tested at Alcyon Lake in Pitman.

Details:
Six Rowan University engineering students are hard at work preparing
their concrete canoe for the big race. At 20-feet-long and 120 lbs., you
would expect the boat to sink like, well concrete, but it will hold three
students through a 200-yard sprint (they hope).

Traditionally, concrete is made by mixing an aggregate material, usually
sand or gravel, with cement and water, which causes the cement to bind
the mass. In this competition, teams develop a light concrete mix that
enables the canoe to float.

Preparing for the competition helps students learn a variety of
engineering principles, putting theory into practice. The race motivates
them students to think creatively and sharpen their problem solving skills
(i.e., how to make concrete float).

Over the next two weeks, reporters will have an opportunity to observe
the students as they prepare for the regional competition.