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Canstruction is a food drive and design project joined together to provide students the opportunity to engage in a design activity while giving back to the local community. Student teams will design a structure made of canned food. The cans must be collected by the students from parents or donors and used to build the structure. The team will be responsible for collecting cans, transporting them to the Tippecanoe Mall, and constructing their design.​

Would you like your school to participate? Complete the Canstruction Event Detail Form.


  • September 1, 2017: Connect with mentor
  • September 29, 2017: Proposal Due
  • November 3, 2017: Event detail form due
  • November 3, 2017: Final project descriptions due
  • November 10, 2017: Delivery of cans to site
  • November 11, 2017: Build begins
  • November 18, 2017: Tear down and can pick-up by Food Finders

Design Proposal

In order to be considered as a participating team, the team must submit a design proposal by the deadline listed above. The proposal should contain the following items:

  • TITLE and DESCRIPTION of the entry—Description should be no longer than one paragraph. Description cannot contain the name of the school as this description will be given to the jurors with no other identifying information so that all entries are judged anonymously. The description should describe the choices you made in cans and labels to articulate your theme, your use of double entendres with label names, play on words, themes, etc.
  • Names of the 5-person team participating in the competition build—designate one member to be the team captain.
  • Sketch of entry.

The proposal must be emailed to Drew Ayres in PDF or Word format at: dayres@purdue.edu

Canstruction Tips

  • Take advantage of your planning time—trips to the grocery store will help you think about available colors on can labels and costs of cans.
  • You may use fundraisers to obtain funds for the competition
  • Contact your mentors—they are here to help!
  • All teams must have a faculty advisor or parent chaperone on the day of the competition!


For questions or additional information please contact Drew Ayres