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Middleton Youth and Mead & Hunt team up to End Hunger at Canstruction® Madison

Middleton Youth and Mead & Hunt team up to End Hunger at Canstruction® Madison
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Middleton Youth team up with Mead & Hunt to help End Hunger at Canstruction® Madison

Youth from the Middleton Youth Center and Kromrey Builders Club have been working with Mead & Hunt to design a structure for this year's Canstruction® Madison competition, incorporating this year's theme, "Can Film Festival".

The youth came up with the concept for their structure.  Matt Buckli, an engineer at Mead & Hunt, designed a substructure to hold the cans, which the he and other Mead & Hunt volunteers then challenged the youth to puzzle together.  Youth then determined what pieces might show in the final design and set to work on painting.  Youth from the team also made posters to encourage people to vote for their structure.

In previous meetings, the entire group had an outing to the grocery store to photograph and document various sizes and colors of cans.  The engineers also walked them through value engineering to think about the nutritional value of their structure (which will be used to determine the award for Most Nutritious structure).   Mead & Hunt is also planning a field trip to the their office so that the youth can see engineers, architects and CAD at work.

They are competing for several awards, including Celebrity Judges' Choice (sponsored by the Wisconsin Film Festival), People's Choice, Structural Ingenuity, and more.  More information on all of the awards and more at

You can see their final structure at the 7th annual Canstruction® Madison.  A community competition to end hunger, Canstruction® Madison brings the community together to build imaginative structures out of canned goods and packaged food; after the event, the building blocks are donated to the MOM Food Pantry, one of the largest pantries in Dane County.    Presented by Godfrey Kahn S.C and Associated Bank

Monday, April 24 – 6am-9pm (Build)
Tuesday, April 25– Sunday, April 30: Public Viewing and Voting (in person at West Towne Mall and on Facebook and Instagram)
Sunday, April 30, 6:30pm: Award Ceremony 

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