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Cans, Cars, Charity and Change

Posted by: Savannah Riese

What happens when you bring together Kia, students, the Chicago Auto Show and a motivation for change? You get an incredible car built out of canned food items, which is inspired by the Kia Soul. Did we mention that this replica is full scale and made out of more than 4,000 cans of donated food? 


On Monday, February 12, a group of 12 pre-engineering upperclassmen from Penn High School in Mishawaka, Indiana, made the trek up to Chicago so they could partner with Kia and construct a Kia Sol out of donated canned food items. They designed and practiced building the Kia Sol in their classes over the past few weeks using their STEM software. 

“There has been a lot of great anticipation about this day,” said Robotics Coordinator and Teacher Jim Langfeldt. These pre-engineering students were given floor space at the Kia exhibit during the show so they could construct the car in real time in front of Monday’s show-goers.


This canned Kia construction ties in perfectly with the Chicago Auto Show’s food drive. 

All of these cans of food will be donated to A Safe Haven. A Safe Haven is a homeless shelter and not-for-profit that helps Chicagoans “aspire, transform and sustain their lives as they transition from homelessness to self-sufficiency with pride and purpose.” 


"Over the past 19 years the Chicago Auto Show has collected over 300,000 pounds of food for A Safe Haven and we believe that the food drive is an important element of the work we do each year in putting on the Auto Show in this great community," said Dave Sloan, General Manager of the 2018 Chicago Auto Show.

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