Depoali Middle School Wins CANstruction’s People’s Choice Award


CANstruction 2018 people’s choice award winner, Depoali Middle School’s “Freeze out hunger.” Image: Carla O’Day

A team representing Depoali Middle School took first place Monday in CANstruction Reno for its winter scene to “freeze out hunger,” which included an igloo made out of canned food.

Other creations of prepackaged food included a Rubik’s cube, rocket, lighthouse, train, the Reno arch, and a bulldozer, among others.

CANstruction 2018 winner in the best use of labels category is a Rubik’s cube by Custom Ink titled “Solving the hunger puzzle together.” Image: Carla O’Day

The Food Bank of Northern Nevada is reaping benefits of the 15th annual event, collecting thousands of canned goods as the structures come down at Meadowood Mall. Ten teams participated.

Winners in each category were as follows:

  • Most cans: “Tomorrow’s Space Explorers” by Cub Scout Pack No. 46 and Ardagh Group (3,780 cans)
  • Best meal: “HERO Lighthouse” by Harrah’s Reno
  • Best use of labels: “Solving the Hunger Puzzle” by Custom Ink
  • Best original design: “Chew Chew Train on Track to End Hunger” by Hug High School
  • Best structural ingenuity: “Freeze Out Hunger” by Depoali Middle School

Teams were required to follow a host of rules that included structures not exceeding 10 feet in height or width and a maximum of five people working on a project at once. Other rules prohibited props, use of permanent affixers, and removing of labels. Additionally, leveling material couldn’t be more than a half-inch thick or load bearing.

CANstruction 2018’s best original design award winner was Hug High School’s “Chew chew train on track to end hunger.” Image: Carla O’Day

Teams could also have worked with someone from the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects, which helped put on the event.

Structures were judged by a panel of jurors.  First-place projects will be submitted for competition at the national level.

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