FIU students design shoes to walk on water

Aquatic shoes earn student an "A" on assignment

Published On: Nov 08 2012 04:31:29 PM EST
MIAMI (AP) -

Students from Florida International University are walking on water -- wearing water shoes they built -- as part of a class assignment.The students had to make it to the other side of a 175-foot lake on campus.

Thursday while wearing the aquatic shoes in order to get an "A" on the assignment.  Alex Quinones was the first to do so in just over a minute, earning him $500 and major bragging rights.

A total of 79 students competed in the race that began in 1989.

Architecture professor Jaime Canaves describes the assignment as a lesson in not only architecture, but also in life. He says he wants to show his students that as long as they research and test their work, anything is possible -- even "walking on water."