National hunger awareness program Canstruction gave Purdue University Calumet and Purdue North Central engineering students the opportunity to help teams of local middle school students participate in the fight to combat hunger. Canstruction project students compete to build themed structures entirely out of canned food.
At the conclusion of the competition, all food is donated to the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana. This year’s theme is “Superheroes against hunger.”
The virtual camp, held on Friday, July 18 at Purdue University Calumet’s Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation (CIVS), showed Canstruction teams what a simulation of their design looked like, and allowed teams to modify original designs, ensuring the structural integrity and feasibility of the design. Engineering students assisted with the pros and cons of the design using the latest 3D technology.
Congressman Pete Visclosky, who is serving as a collaborative partner for the project along with the United Ways of Lake and Porter counties and Crossroads YMCA, was on hand for the virtual camp at CIVS.
The next step of the Canstruction event is the actual competition to take place July 25 at Southlake Mall in Hobart.