Leap's Sandcastle Contest is a spirited competition between teams of architects, engineers, contractors, corporations and elementary school students to craft the most impressive creations out of sand!
Before the event, teams meet with students in the classroom to develop ideas based on a set theme. Plans are finalized, clay models are shaped, team structure and schedules are defined, and tasks are assigned, all in preparation for the big day.
On the morning of the event, the teams and students arrive and await the whistle that signals the start of the contest. As soon as it sounds, four hours of intensive building begin. By the end of the day, the beach has transformed into a land of magical creatures and fantastical structures. The teamwork involved in creating these works provides an intense learning experience for both the students and the many sponsors who participate.
The event is a fundraiser to benefit Leap, a local nonprofit organization. Leap provides quality arts education programs that help students build skills to reach their fullest potential.
With the proceeds from team fundraising, Leap annually serves over 8,000 children in Bay Area schools.