Canstruction® Jr

One can make a difference.

Imagine a Scottish-themed construction made almost entirely out of food cans ... what would you build? 

The Forth Rail Bridge?

Glenfinnan Viaduct?

Edinburgh Castle?


When it comes to Canstruction® Jr, the only limit is your imagination. 

What is Canstruction® Jr?

Canstruction® Jr is a charitable competition where school pupils incorporate design and engineering principles to conceptualise and build giant structures made almost entirely out of full cans of food. 

Your school will raise funds to buy the food cans required to make your construction⁠. How the money is raised is entirely up to you!

At the end of the exhibition, all of the food cans you use to build your structure will be donated to Dundee Foodbank

Taking part in Canstruction® Jr

Canstruction® Jr provides an innovative and fun tool to teach basic and advanced Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) practices and introduces young people to the design, architecture and engineering fields.Dundee Foodbank and Canstruction logos

By taking part in Canstruction® Jr, you and your school can help Dundee Foodbank provide nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people referred to them in crisis.

Canstruction® Jr: The Competition

Secondary school pupils in years 4 - 6 will work in small groups and conceptually design a Scottish-themed structure.

Following a brief issued by Abertay's Engineering experts, submissions will be shortlisted and the finalists invited to Abertay University in Dundee to build their structures.

Teams will be judged on their creativity and build quality. The winning team will be decided by an Abertay judging panel.

Key dates

Event launch date: Wednesday 11 September 2019

Sign up deadline: Friday 11 October 2019

Submission deadline: Friday 8 November 2019 at 5pm

Finalists announced: Friday 15 November 2019

Final event: Wednesday 11 December 2019

How to enter

If you’re a school representative and have some students who would like to get involved, please get in touch to claim your Canstruction Jr® competition pack.

If you’re a school pupil and would like to take part, ask one of your teachers for the competition information. In most cases, this will be one of your Guidance Teachers or the Head of Science.

Any questions?

If you'd like to speak to a member of the team about Canstruction® Jr, please contact Sean Millar by calling 01382 308057 or by emailing

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