CANstruction takes CELC students to visit George Penniman Architects of Essex, Connecticut. Heather passed out the meeting agenda as students gathered at the conference table – she wanted to simulate the experience of how architects might conduct a meeting. We discussed our collaboration called CANstruction, a creative food drive where students team up with architects to design and build a structure made entirely out of full cans of food, which all will be donated ultimately to the Connecticut Food Bank. Many schools throughout the state participate and many cans, in the hundreds of thousands, are donated to CT Food Bank. The structures will be part of an exhibition/competition to be held at the Connecticut Science Center in Hartford, beginning 15 May.
CELC students are still working to raise more funds to purchase the cans we will need to build our structure as per the specifications of our student/architect design team. Our design will be a train, as in the children’s book The Little Engine That Could. We now have enough money to build the train and are hoping to be able to raise enough funds for a background of green hills (cans with green labels, such as green beans, peas, etc) and a sun (certain brands of tuna have yellow labels). This is all done in the spirit of fun and great learning, yet we are truly motivated to help those in need.
If you would like to make a contribution toward this project, it would be greatly appreciated. Individuals and businesses that donate will be listed as sponsors on our poster at the Science Center exhibition. Please contact Maria or Melinda if you are interested in helping to sponsor this fine cause.