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Darien Students Work to Stop the Flow of Hunger

DARIEN, Conn. – Students from Middlesex Middle School’s Canstruction Club have built a replica of the Hoover Dam out of more than 1,440 food items as part of their “Stop the Flow of Hunger” project. The items will be donated to the Stamford Food Bank.

The students worked with James Hall, an architect from Brooks & Falotico Associates in New Canaan, on their year-long project to design and build the dam. They worked up seven initial ideas, then narrowed them down to three and created 3D models before choosing the replica of the Hoover Dam as their final project. Throughout the design process, the students were challenged to use only positive comments to critique the various designs.

Canstruction is a nonprofit organization that holds annual design and construction competitions of elaborate structures made entirely out of canned food. The purpose is to raise awareness of the plight of the hungry in local communities.

This year’s Canstruction Competition will be held in Hartford on May 14. Middlesex will not take part this year because the event is on a school day, but the Hoover Dam replica will be on display in the school rotunda until it is donated to the Stamford Food Bank.

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