“CANSTRUCTION” Student Competition

By Cindy McNicholl

Event Details

Date(s) & Time(s)::

April 21, 2012

April 22, 2012

Location: Hunt College Union, SUNY Oneonta


Event Description

Six teams of students from SUNY Oneonta and local high schools will test their design and engineering skills in a “Canstruction” competition on April 21-22 at the Southside Mall as they build structures out of canned food that will ultimately be donated to the Hunger Coalition of Otsego County.

Teams from Milford BOCES and Grand Gorge ONC BOCES will join four teams of SUNY Oneonta students—representing the college’s student-athletes, Resident Student Organization, and a fraternity and sorority—to build giant-sized structures made entirely of canned food. The structures will remain on display at the mall until April 28, and the canned food will then be donated to the Hunger Coalition, which will coordinate distribution to Otsego County food pantries.

Last year, SUNY Oneonta was the first college in New York state to host a Canstruction competition. Four teams of students built structures at the Hunt College Union, and the food was donated to the Lord’s Table and local food banks. “Our students had a lot of fun with this project. It was a great way of working as a team for a wonderful cause,” said Linda Drake, director of SUNY Oneonta's Center for Social Responsibility and Community. “This year, we’re thrilled to have two teams from the community joining us, and with the event moving to the Southside Mall, we hope more groups will be inspired to participate.”

Members of the community are invited to view the displays and watch the competition, which will begin Saturday, April 21, at 10 a.m. and conclude Sunday, April 22, at 4 p.m.

Teams in Canstruction events raise money to purchase cans appropriate to the sculpture that they plan to construct. Participants must use cans with their original labels, and they cannot use glue or anything that will affect the cans during construction. Judges will select winners in the event in four categories: Best Use of Labels, Favorite, Best Meal and Structural Ingenuity.

More information on Canstruction is available on the organization’s web site at

More information about the event is available from Linda Drake at (607) 436-2633 or
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