Posted on 09. Sep, 2010 in Clayton Update

More than 70,000 cans of food have been engineered by Victorian primary and secondary students to recreate iconic Australian structures including the Shrine of Remembrance, Sydney Opera House and the Big Pineapple.

Education Minister Bronwyn Pike today visited “Canstruction” at Monash University in Clayton to help the 250 students put the finishing touches on their megastructures.

Ms Pike said it was great to see Monash University engineering students helping students with their designs and constructions.

“Building a miniature model of Victoria’s Shrine of Remembrance with tens of thousands of cans of food is a complex project that requires a lot of planning,” Ms Pike said.

“The fourth-year students from Monash University are helping the children use mathematics and engineering principles to design and construct their projects.

“It’s a fusion of creativity and technical know-how, and the Year 5-8 students have spent two days constructing these great buildings.

“This is what learning in Victorian schools is all about – engaging students in interesting, exciting and real-life learning and teaching them to use traditional principles for new and modern purposes.

“Education is the Brumby Labor Government’s top priority and we’re committed to giving every student the opportunity to shine.”

Ms Pike said in addition to the Opera House and Shrine, a mega microscope and a human torso were among the 2000-can constructions.

“Our students are combining entertainment and engineering to come up with very impressive megastructures,” Ms Pike said.

“Importantly, Canstruction is also a charity event, with every one of the 65,000 cans used in the constructions donated to welfare organisations.”

Canstruction Melbourne director and Bayswater West Primary School principal Peter Dewacht said the event was a great chance for students to work with qualified engineers.

“In the past couple of years, this experience has changed many kids’ perspectives on what they want to do with their lives,” Mr Dewacht said.

Six team awards were presented for the categories of best use of labels, structural ingenuity, best meal, judge’s favourite, first honourable mention and second honourable mention.

Partners in the event were Monash University, Aker Solutions, Porter Davis Homes, Gasco Engineering, The Salvation Army and Planet Give.

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