Missouri S&T students to take concrete canoe to competition

Tuesday, April 2, 2013 | 7:27 a.m. CDT; updated 9:14 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, April 2, 2013

ROLLA — A team of students from the Missouri University of Science and Technology is putting its 225-pound concrete canoe to the test this week.

Students are taking the 20-foot vessel to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville for a student conference of the American Society of Civil Engineers. The event is Thursday through Saturday.

The Rolla school said student competitors are challenged to design canoes that minimize drag in the water. The canoes also need to be able to hold several paddlers and remain buoyant when completely filled with water.

Teams compete in slalom and endurance events. They're also judged on engineering reports, presentations and displays that show how the vessels were made.

The Missouri S&T students have christened their entry Gone Fishin.'

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Ellis Smith April 2, 2013 | 10:50 a.m.


Missouri S&T is one of five PhD-granting American universities nominated for the 2013 national Climate Leadership Award, based on both its solar village (an operating solar-powered community, with the homes designed and built entirely by students) and its on-campus geothermal power initiative.

Those attending the 2013 Saint Patrick celebration at MS&T saw evidence of drilling operations connected with the geothermal iniative.

As part of the Climate Leadership Award contest, MS&T has produced a 2:30+ minute video clip, hosted by its new chancellor.

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