The Concrete Canoe Competition was designed to provide civil engineering
students an opportunity to gain hands-on, practical experience and
leadership skills by working with concrete mix designs and project
management. Organizers, sponsors and participants are dedicated to
building awareness of concrete technology and application, as well as
the versatility and durability of concrete as a construction material,
among civil engineering students, educators, practitioners, the concrete
industry and the general public. They also strive to increase awareness
among industry leaders, opinion makers and the general public of civil
engineering as a dynamic and innovative profession essential to society.
In its 24-year history, the National Concrete Canoe Competition has
challenged the knowledge, creativity and stamina of more than 480 teams
and 6000 students. In 2010, more than 160 teams competed in 18
conference competitions to qualify for participation at the national
Each year the competition travels to a different school.
National sponsors of the NCCC underwrite the expenses for travel, meals
and accommodations for the first-place winners of the conference
competitions, as well as any teams who placed second in conference
competitions in which the winner placed first through fifth in the
previous year’s national competition.
Why build a canoe out of concrete?
About the Competition
History of the Competition