A large crowd on campus joined Canaves as he cheered on the racers. He shouted encouraging words, but also laughed as some unsteadily made their way to the end.
"You are almost there," he jokingly said on the microphone.
"A part of this is for them to understand designing and making something that has to work," he said. It is also a lesson in life for the students.
"There are very few things that are impossible if you do the research and you test it and you go through the design process. You can achieve almost anything and everything, including walking on water."
Image: Claudia Fernandez celebrates as she crosses the finish line during a 'Walk on Water' event at Florida International University in Miami, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012. Students at FIU walked on water wearing water shoes they built as part of a class assignment on Thursday.