Benedictine College Students Participate in Concrete Canoe Competition

Benedictine Students Participate in Concrete Canoe Competition

Published: Wednesday, April 30, 2014

On April 25 and 26, the Benedictine College Student Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) participated in the Concrete Canoe Competition of the ASCE Midcontinent Student Conference.  According to ASCE, the objectives of the contest include providing students with the opportunity to gain hands-on, practical experience and leadership skills by working with concrete mix designs and project management.  With the support of Discovery Day funding and other material and monetary donations, the Benedictine team constructed a canoe in accordance with competition specifications and transported the canoe to the campus of Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Okla., for the contest.   

Eleven teams from the Midcontinent region, including the University of Kansas and Kansas State University, participated in the Concrete Canoe Competition.  Highlights of the competition for Benedictine College included a fifth place finish in the Men’s Slalom/Endurance Race and sixth place finishes for both the Women’s and Men’s Sprints. 

Having no prior experience with the conference, the team approached the competition eager to learn.  The Benedictine College team is looking forward to using the lessons learned from this year’s competition to make an even better showing next year.  Students interested in helping out with next year’s concrete canoe project (the 2015 student conference is to be held in Lawrence) should contact team leader Raymond Gragg ( or faculty advisors Scott Newbolds ( or Steve Spencer (  

No prior knowledge of canoes or concrete is needed!