The concrete canoe competition is put on annually by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). The goal of the National Concrete Competition (NCCC) is challenge engineering students to use theory taught in the classroom on a real-world project: the design and construction of a concrete canoe. Every year, schools compete a series of regional competitions are held across the country. The winners advance to the national competition.
Every year, in mid April, Cal canoe attends the Mid-Pacific Regional Conference and competes against schools in Northern California and Nevada along with our steel bridge and environmental teams. If we win first at Mid-Pac, or place second to a school that placed in the top five at the previous national competition, we qualify for nationals! If we do indeed qualify for nationals, we all get to take a trip to somewhere in the United States of Canada and compete against the top teams in North America. In recent years, we have traveled to Montreal, Quebec and Tuscaloosa, Alabama for the national competition.
The Committee on National Concrete Canoe Competitions (CNCCC) oversees the competition each year. In early September, the CNCCC publishes the rulebook for the following year. The rules, for the most part, do not change all that much, but in recent years the competition has shifted to both challenge schools to construct a canoe to specification and emphasize sustainability through the use of recycled materials.