The choppy waters and stiff breeze that persist at Lone Star Lake, 10 miles southwest of the University of Kansas campus in Lawrence, aren’t a typical laboratory setting. But for this year’s concrete canoe team at the School of Engineering, there’s no better place for research.
The team, which includes Bruno Soria, Kansas City, Kan., has spent hours on the water in a concrete canoe – honing their paddling and steering skills in hopes of perfecting their technique as they prepare for this year’s American Society of Civil Engineers Mid-Continent Conference Regional Concrete Canoe Competition April 24-26, in Stillwater, Okla., held by Oklahoma State University. The competition requires students to design and build a canoe using concrete as the primary material using something like a needle gun, then provide detailed presentation materials about the project as well as race against other teams in the canoe.
After narrowly missing a trip to the national competition last year (KU placed second; only the first place team advances), confidence is high for a stronger performance this year.
With a first place finish at regionals, the KU team would advance to the Concrete Canoe nationals, set for June 19-21, at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, in Johnstown, Pa.
It is official. The new 17-story Verruckt waterslide located at Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City, Kan., is the world’s largest.
A representative from Guinness World Records was on hand to make it official today. If you’ve ever seen it will put a new meaning to the word fear.
Also on hand today were Mayor Mark Holland and Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback.
When asked when you plan to ride on the slide, Mayor Holland replied, “On May 23 both the governor and I will be going on it together,” although this is a tentative date. Each raft that goes down the slide will have four persons on it.
May 23 is the opening day for Schlitterbahn’s season. The monster ride, now officially the world’s tallest, is located at 94th and State in Kansas City, Kan. For more information, visit www.Schlitterbahn.com.