Fairmont State University – Concrete Canoe


Concrete does in fact float or it can at least. Typical concrete is very heavy. The goal is to make the concrete lighter than water. When you hear the Concrete Canoe Team it’s basically oriented around the canoe but that’s not the only thing
that happens on this team. This is a very family-oriented team. I’ve made lifetime friends on this team. I mean, I’ve learned a lot and I’ve had a lot of good experiences competing but it’s mostly about the family orientation. Our students, at the Virginias Conference, out of those 13 teams have won 13 consecutive years in a row. So we’re very proud of that. We are up against schools,
some that are four times our size. The best that Fairmont State has done
at the national competition is 12th overall in the country. We’ve done that three times. In addition, we’ve gotten up in the top five in three different categories. This year’s theme is Country Roads. There’s a two-fold purpose to that theme. First off, the national competition
is being held in Denver. This year is also the 100th anniversary of
the West Virginia Division of Highways. So they went with a little bit of a
transportation theme as well. Everybody at Fairmont State knows us
by the concrete canoe but in addition, our chapter is very active in professional activities, in service activities and social activities. These are rated by the committee on student activities and awards are presented to
the top chapters throughout the country. This begins with over 300 student chapters. Fairmont State has received
the Zone Four Award four times and has been runner-up to the top award,
the Ridgeway Award, four times for contributing to these activities. If you want to learn about the Engineering Program and the Concrete Canoe Team come down to Room 104 in the
Engineering Technology Building.

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