Longtime Florida International University professor, Jaime Canaves, challenged his architecture students with a project that involved constructing devices capable of “walking on water” across a 175-foot lake on FIU’s campus.
This year represented the 25th anniversary of Canaves’ beloved project which challenges the students both mentally and physically. The students were 100% responsible for all material testing and design research before the final test on the lake.
“It’s not work hard, it’s work smart,” said student Anibal Herrera.
In order to receive an ‘A’, students has to make it from one side of the lake to the other without any issues. Students who managed to make it across the lake in any form or fashion were rewarded with the opportunity to drop their lowest grade.
For extra incentive, the student to make it across the lake first received a $500 scholarship.
Students who let the lake get the best of them and their water shoes were graded on the distance traveled.