Things recently got awkward on a recent episode of Jeopardy! when Alex Trebek struck up a conversation with Duke senior, Greer Mackebee about his love for competitive concrete canoe making.

Trebek’s follow-up question caused the whole mid-show interview to completely sink. (Sorry about that.)

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Wednesday, 18 June 2008 16:13

Have Concrete Canoes Will Travel

RESTON, Va., June 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- After a year spent doing the impossible -- learning to make concrete float by researching, designing and building a canoe made of the unlikely material -- civil engineering students from the United States and Canada travel to Montreal June 19-21, 2008 for the American Society of Civil Engineers' (ASCE) 21st Annual National Concrete Canoe Competition.

"The National Concrete Canoe Competition tests competitors' knowledge and ingenuity as they work to overcome the challenge of building a canoe out of concrete that is able to both float and race," said ASCE president David G. Mongan, P.E., F.ASCE. "This allows the students to creatively apply classroom principles in a real world setting, which will help prepare them for the challenges they will face in their professional careers."

The competition kicks off June 19 as the teams' canoes are weighed, measured, judged for aesthetics and "swamped" in a tank of water to test their flotation ability. Then, on June 20, the teams will deliver and defend academic presentations on their creations. Finally, on June 21, the students will compete in a variety of sprint and endurance races at the Olympic Basin on Notre-Dame Island.

The 2008 National Concrete Canoe Competition finalists are:


California Polytechnic, State University San Luis Obispo
Clemson University
Drexel University
Ecole de technologie superieure
Fairmont State University
Florida Institute of Technology
Louisiana Tech University
Michigan Technological University
Milwaukee School of Engineering
Polytechnic University
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
United States Air Force Academy
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Los Angeles
University of Florida
University of Houston
University of Maine
University of Nevada, Reno
University of Washington
University of Wisconsin - Madison
University of Wisconsin - Platteville
Youngstown State University

For more information on the National Concrete Canoe Competition, including downloadable high-resolution photos, please visit: http://content.asce.org/conferences/nccc2008/index.html.


The National Concrete Canoe Competition is organized by the American Society of Civil Engineers and is funded by the generous support of the American Concrete Institute; Baker Concrete Construction; BASF - The Chemical Company; Bentley Systems, Incorporated; the Construction Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers; Holcim (US) Inc.; ICS Penetron; Kiewit; and U.S. Silica Company. This year's event is hosted by Ecole de technologie superieure.

SOURCE American Society of Civil Engineers

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