Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada

Engineering students help fight hunger in Canstruction competition

March 8th, 2017
StFX engineering students pose with the structures they built as part of Canstruction Nova Scotia

Once again, StFX engineering students have put their skills to use for a good cause.

Second year engineering students at StFX were again participants 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.

Until March 11, the StFX and Antigonish community are invited to come by the lobby of the Physical Science Centre to view the finished structures. Visitors also have opportunity to vote for their favourite structure for the People’s Choice award. Voters are encouraged to donate $2 to support the work being done by Feed Nova Scotia.

Altogether, 4,394 cans of food went into building the three structures, a 23 per cent increase over the number used last year, at a cost of over $6,200. “That is a lot of food for those in need in our communities. We thank StFX, local businesses, and individual donors for their generous support of our students in their fundraising effort,” says engineering professor Dr. Emeka Oguejiofor.

This year, three StFX teams participated.

Team Time to End Hunger designed and built the “Halican Clock Tower;” Team Lunar-tics called their NASA Space Shuttle canstructure “Houston, We Have to Destroy Hunger;” while the N64 Cantrollers replicated the Nintendo 64 controller and  named their canstructure “Getting a Handle on Hunger… or Three.”



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