Civil Engineering Students Build a Concrete Canoe, Try to Minimize Weight

Cal State Fullerton civil engineering students Jesus Velazquez and Daniel Macias have been working for months to design and construct a concrete canoe.

And as if that were not enough, they hope to become well-skilled in canoe paddling.

Velazquez and Macias, along with about 25 other CSUF civil engineering students, will put their creation to the test at the American Society of Civil Engineers’ annual National Concrete Canoe Competition, part of the society’s Pacific Southwest Conference.

While it may seem peculiar to build a canoe using concrete, a material probably thought of as heavy and unsuitable for flotation devices, concrete experts and engineers say the substance works fine when specially prepared for canoe construction.

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