Global EngagementUC HomeAbout UCUC AcademicsUC AdmissionsUC AthleticsUC GlobalUC HealthUC LibrariesUC ResearchUC Admissions

Global Engagement

UC Students Build Rubber Duck Out of Cans

In honor of the 20th Annual Rubber Duck Regatta, this afternoon a group of students from the University of Cincinnati’s College of Engineering and Applied Science built a rubber duck structure made entirely out of canned goods.

Date: 8/15/2014
By: Arthur Davies
Phone: (513) 556-9181
Photos By: Compliments of Freestore
THE Big Duck
Finished rubber duck in "Canned Fashion."

In honor of the 20th Annual Rubber Duck Regatta, this afternoon a group of students from the University of Cincinnati’s College of Engineering and Applied Science built a rubber duck structure made entirely out of canned goods. The structure will remain on display in the Westin Cincinnati Hotel lobby through Friday, August 29. The structure is comprised of more than 3,600 canned goods and non-perishable food items. These items include: canned tomato sauce, carrots and beans; Also, macaroni and cheese. The rubber duck structure is 10 feet wide, 10 feet long and 8 feet tall.

The structure is a re-creation of one built by the same group of students this past March for the 17th Annual Cincinnati Canstruction, for which it won Jurors’ Favorite. The students rebuilt the structure in celebration of the Freestore Foodbank’s 20th Annual Rubber Duck Regatta. All food items will be donated to the Freestore Foodbank at the close of the exhibit.

The Can-struction was organized and led by UC student Mitchell Hudepohl with support of his team mates and advisor Prof. Amanda Albrecht.  Joining in the build were Brendon Sexton, Rob Mullen, Ryan Bannan, Alex Buchholz, and Britton Maynard.

Team with Edwards & Arthur
The UC Construction Management Can-struction team with Rubber Duck Regatta founder and chair Bob Edwards and CEAS associate dean Allen Arthur. Team members are (from Left to Right): Brendon Sexton, Rob Mullen, Ryan Bannan, Mitchell Hudepohl, Mandy Albrech

The Freestore Foodbank's 20th Annual Rubber Duck Regatta presented by Dawn, will take place on Sunday, August 31 during Riverfest and prior to the Cincinnati Bell/WEBN Fireworks.  That afternoon, as many as 200,000 ducks will swim in the Ohio River near the Serpentine Wall. The first prize winner will receive a 2014 Honda Accord Sport and possibly $1 million, if their duck is the “KEMBA Million Dollar Duck.” The second prize winner will receive $100 from Kroger every week for a year ($5,200 total), and five additional winners will receive $500 cash from KEMBA Credit Union.

The Rubber Duck Regatta is the Freestore Foodbank's largest fundraiser. Last year's regatta netted more than $875,000, the equivalent of 2.6 million meals for Greater Cincinnati's food insecure population. Since its inception in 1995, the fundraiser has raised $7.7 million to help alleviate hunger in the Tri-State.

VIDEO: Watch/Read WCPO Report

For more information about the 20th Annual Rubber Duck Regatta, please visit: http://freestorefoodbank.org/rdr2014/