Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada

StFX engineering students fighting hunger through Canstruction

March 8th, 2018
Team Flagging Down Hunger

Walking into the Physical Sciences Centre at StFX, visitors will see two amazing structures built entirely out of cans of food—the efforts of StFX engineering students who are once again using their skills to fight hunger.

Second year engineering students at StFX are participating in Canstruction Nova Scotia, an annual competition that has teams build structures out of canned food. When the competition concludes, Feed Nova Scotia distributes the food and donations to member food banks and meal programs across the province.

Team Touching Down on Hunger

Members of the StFX and local communities are invited to come to the Physical Sciences Centre lobby to view the structures.

StFX engineering professor Emeka Oguejiofor said not only did students work to create aesthetically pleasing structures, they also had to use cans that would result in balanced meals.

While visiting the Physical Sciences Centre, all have the opportunity to vote for their favourite structure. The structure with the most votes will get the People’s Choice award. Voters are encouraged to donate in support of the work being done by Feed Nova Scotia. The Canstructures are on display through Sunday, March 11.

Team Flagging Down Hunger, led by team captains Makayla Rozsa-Grover and Tiffany Noddin, designed and built the “CANada Flag, a 5-1/2 foot high flag that displays the Canada flag on one side and the Nova Scotia flag on the other side. They used 17 different food types and a total of 1,836 cans.

Team Touching Down on Hunger, led by captains Alexander MacDonald and Connor Hanna, replicated the StFX football field and named their design “The Ol’ Can Stadium.” They used eight different food types and a total of 1,318 cans.

Professor Oguejiofor says RBC Royal Bank was amazing in their support. “They provided the students with $1,000 for food purchase in addition to their staff doing a food drive and collecting additional cans that will also be going to Feed Nova Scotia. So over 3,200 cans of food will be going to Feed Nova Scotia from this event.”

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