UW-Platteville to host Concrete Canoe Races

April 20, 2017
Concrete Canoe Team

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. – The University of Wisconsin-Platteville is set to host the annual Concrete Canoe Races on April 28-29. UW-Platteville’s chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers only has the opportunity to host these races every five years, as the competition rotates between host schools, so the stakes are high for Platteville competitors.

Concrete Canoe is exactly what it sounds like: a competition where student teams design, create, display and race canoes made of concrete. Teams are required to write a paper describing every aspect of their canoe and create a display with a canoe cross-section and the materials used in the design process. Judges from the engineering industry then evaluate and analyze all of these requirements as the teams present their canoes on the morning of the race. Finally, the races occur and teams hope their canoe does not sink.

There are about 140 student participants in this year’s competition from nine schools: UW-Platteville, North Dakota State University, South Dakota State University, University of Iowa, Iowa State University, Dordt College, University of Minnesota-Mankato, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, and University of Minnesota-Duluth. Of the participants, 21 are from UW-Platteville.

Alexis Roth, civil engineering major, is on the planning committee for the competition alongside seven other students and Dr. Philip Parker, faculty advisor for ASCE. Roth says this competition “gives UW-Platteville ASCE a chance to show off their campus and city” to the other schools.
Concrete Canoe kicks off with a banquet dinner on Friday, April 28 on campus for all participants. On Saturday, April 29, the races will be held at the Blackhawk Lake Recreation Area in Highland, Wisconsin. Teams will begin displaying their canoes and information at noon, and the races will begin at 2 p.m.

Written by: Kelsey Bigelow, Communications Intern, College of EMS, 608-342-6153, bigelowk@uwplatt.edu


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