I hope you’re all having a great week! Everything in Houghton has been going wonderfully this week, as students are preparing to take their Track A final exams, Summer Youth Program campers have taken hold of the campus, and prospective students tour the campus to learn more about Michigan Tech. The weather here has been pretty finicky; mother nature can’t decide if she wants the sun to shine or if she wants it to rain and the last few days it’s been raining while the sun is out (which makes for absolutely beautiful scenery!). But as usual, there’s been a lot going on this week. It was pointed out to me in an email from a parent that the Michigan Tech Concrete Canoe team went to nationals last weekend at Clemson University in Seneca, South Carolina! In response, I’d like to write a short piece to congratulate the team and spread the word of the Concrete Canoe team.
Sponsored by the American Society of Civil Engineers, the concrete canoe competition consists of both a regional and national contest that judge undergraduate teams in four components:
1) Technical Paper
This professional paper outlines the engineering and design of the canoe, including the concrete mix proportions, design of the boat, construction methods, and everything else that went into creating the canoe.
2) Technical Presentation
The team must summarize the technical paper in a five-minute presentation in front of a board of judges.
The team must compete in the following five races: Two-person Women’s Sprint, Two-person Men’s Sprint, Two-person Women’s Endurance, Two-person Men’s Endurance, and Four-person Co-ed Sprint.
4) Final Product
The canoe is then judged based on appearance and adherence to the official rules of dimensions and components of the concrete mix.
The regional competition that Michigan Tech competes in includes teams from universities such as Western Michigan University and Michigan State University. There are over 200 other teams from across the nation that compete in their own regional competions. The top 10 teams from each regional competition then go on to compete at the national level.
Every year, the Michigan Tech team chooses a theme for the canoe that represents the team in an inspirational and creative way, and this theme is incorporated into the design of the canoe. The Concrete Canoe team works year-round during the academic year to design and build a well-engineered canoe; each member contributes over 3,000 hours of work to complete the final product!
This year, the Michigan Tech Concrete Canoe Team finished 13th overall in the national competition with their canoe, Talvi Sielu! They deserve to be recognized and congratulated for all of their hard work! For more pictures of the 2015 National Concrete Canoe Competition, feel free to visit this informative blog, written by Mr. Roberts, a parent himself. For more information about the National Concrete Canoe competition, please visit the official NCCC website.
As I mentioned last week, this will be my last ParentNet Weekly post and the new writer, Erica LeClaire, will be taking over next week. I will be leaving for Grand Rapids, Michigan to begin medical school at Michigan State in August. I just wanted to extend my heartfelt appreciation to all of you as I conclude my last post; writing for ParentNet has been a great learning experience for me and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time on the site and hearing from some of you through email. I wish you and your students the best of luck as they continue their careers here at Michigan Tech, and if you have any questions about anything, please feel free to email me at email@example.com. Thank you all so much!