CANstruction Takes Over

Apr 27, 2018

Towles New Tech 8th grader Alexander Haag works on their project.
Credit (Rebecca Green/WBOI)

  It is the final weekend for the annual CANstruction event at Glenbrook Square Mall. The event helps raise both money and canned food goods for the Community Harvest Food Bank.

Towles New Tech took the People’s Choice award in last year’s CANstruction competition at the Glenbrook Square Mall.

And they have every intention of doing it again this year, using their $1,000 prize from last year to boost their project..

The middle school students have have been planning, fundraising, and rounding up the needed cans for what will be label-wrapped look at the 1960s.


Engineering teacher Carissa Richardson Lahrman has been guiding them through the process, and is impressed by their efforts.

They not only came up with the design, but made a 3D model out of beads and then wrote an instruction manual for others to use while building.

Towles New Tech students made a 3D model out of beads to help with their CANstruction project.
Credit Rebecca Green/WBOI

"So it's like a four-month process, to get to this point," Richarson Lahrman said. "It's incredible and these are middle schoolers."


Last week the Towles students were one of a dozen area schools who put together their projects. Their cans will go to the Community Harvest Food Bank, along with others collected through the voting process.

You can still vote for your favorite project through April 29 at