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ASCE Student Concrete Canoe Competition

The ASCE Concrete Canoe Competition provides civil engineering students a hands-on, practical experience while developing leadership skills. Working with concrete mix designs and project management, students increase awareness of the value and benefits of ASCE membership, fostering lifelong membership and participation in the Society.

Although the first official ASCE Concrete Canoe Competition was held in 1988, Concrete Canoe history in the United States actually began in the 1960s, when a small number of ASCE Student Chapters began holding intramural concrete canoe races. 

In the 1970s, both the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign  and the University of California, Berkeley  claim to have held the first regional competition.

In the years since, student-led efforts to combine engineering excellence and hydrodynamic design to construct water-worthy canoes, have become an advanced form of concrete construction and racing technique. Concrete Canoe is lovingly considered the "America's Cup of Civil Engineering."

ASCE Concrete Canoe competition students by their canoe
Two students carrying the canoe
Students on the water using the canoe