Thursday, August 13, 2009

Can-Do Students

The “ObamaCan” created by students from Crawford High’s IDEA (Innovation and Design Educational Academy) won three awards last month at the Canstruction San Diego Design-Build Competition. Engineering students (in photo, from left, Melissa Woods, Rafael Quiroz, Hong Trung, Ray Mello, and Arthur Sisomsouk) designed and built the ObamaCan, which contained more than 2,700 (full) cans of diced tomatoes and other products. The President’s campaign logo and colors were used to represent IDEA students’ challenge to fight hunger. The sixth annual competition is among San Diego’s top architects and engineers who create works of sculptural art entirely from canned foods. They’re as tall as eight feet and as wide as ten feet; no interior structural support is allowed. Once judging is complete, all the food is donated to food banks in the San Diego area.

Congratulations to all the students from IDEA, along with teacher Ray Mello, and Melissa Woods, IDEA’s employment outreach specialist. For more information, contact Dr. Arturo Cabello, IDEA principal, at (619) 583-2500, ext. 2880.

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