Students #BuildtheChangeCJ Through Canstruction Competition

#BetheChangeCJ is spreading across the CJ campus, as Project Lead the Way students looked to be the change with a Canstruction SOUPer Design Challenge.

Students in the Civil Engineering and Architecture class met with architect Dan Mayer for a class competition, titled “BuildtheChangeCJ.” The students, working in pairs, were challenged to create a structure with at least 85% of the materials canned or boxed food items. The food will be collected as part of contributions made during CJ’s annual Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week (HHAW).

“Canstruction is a program of many local chapters of the American Institute of Architects around the country, and one I’ve wanted to bring to CJ ever since we’ve offered the Civil Engineering and Architecture (CEA) classes,” CJ STEMM Coordinator Meg Draeger said. “It serves as a great opportunity to integrate STEMM and Ministry & Service, during CJ’s annual Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week, and showcase one example of how engineering design and the supporting math, science, and technology help to build community and enhance quality of life for everyone. The CEA class SOUPer structure will aesthetically enhance the cafeteria where it will be built, and reflect the CJ community’s mission to feed the hungry during HHAW.” 

The winning design, created by Kiara DiLoreto ‘18 and Megan Schultz ‘18, will be refined and is scheduled to be constructed on November 16.

On October 24, Mayer officially kicked off the challenge in the CEA class, and spoke to additional students interested in architecture as part of CJ’s STEMM Idol Speaker Series.

“The practice of architecture gives you the opportunity to impact your community every day,” Mayer said. “The project you work on or design will shape the physical interaction people have, and can positively impact the pride of that community.

Mayer is an associate with Triad Architects out of Columbus.

“Architecture is a field where you can see something in your mind and translate that to something that is real and that you can experience,” Mayer shared. “You can share the creative project with your family, friends, and neighbors.”

Mayer has ties to the CJ community, as his mother graduated from Julienne High School in 1962. He also shared with students the possibilities they can have if they pursue an architectural degree.

“Receiving a degree in architecture not only prepares you to go on and practice in the profession of architecture, but allows you the opportunity to pursue multiple fields such as marketing, art, teaching, graphic design, engineering, and construction.”

Are you interested in becoming a CJ STEMM Idol Speaker Series presenter? Contact Meg Draeger, CJ STEMM coordinator, at (937) 461-3740 x487, or at

Posted October 31, 2017