Staying Afloat Through STEAM
How far will a cardboard boat float? How much weight will it carry? Students at Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board found out through their participation in the Skills Ontario Cardboard Boat Races.
Teams of four students used their problem-solving, teamwork and design skills as they created seaworthy structures out of two sheets of 4′ by 8′ corrugated cardboard and some duct tape in just two hours. In the weeks leading up to the competition, they researched, constructed and tested miniature versions in preparation for the big event.
Judging was based on quality of construction, planning and design, safety and cleanliness, teamwork and team spirit, visual appeal, and essential skills knowledge. The final test was an in-pool competition of speed and weight challenges.
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