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Students Sail, Learn in Cardboard Regatta
Posted 06/13/2019 02:27PM

On Monday afternoon, the sixth grade class was given a challenge: to design and build a human-powered boat made of corrugated cardboard in two hours’ time which is capable of completing at least one lap in the school swimming pool. We know what you’re thinking, but a cardboard boat really can float if constructed wisely. 

The great part is that there is really no one way to build a cardboard boat, so the rules the students were given does not limit creativity. This is a wonderful team-building experience and time management activity which are the two Mission Skills the sixth graders worked on throughout the year. The students were not given any plans, pre-set designs, or step-by-step instructions. They were given a set of rules that they must interpret and a list of supplies, and that's it! 

Although Miss Tucker did tell them that the first ingredient in cardboard boat-building is creativity and the second is problem-solving.  After getting a plan together Monday afternoon, the students returned to school on Tuesday morning to start construction and then race their boats in the pool.  Miss Tucker said that her favorite part about the Regatta Challenge is that it gives the sixth graders a final opportunity to work together toward a common goal and the smiles and laughter are proof they we all had a lot of fun doing it!

2019 Cardboard Regatta Awards

Most Enthusiastic Crew – this includes the sailing and land-based crews.

Boat 7, The S.S. SPYA 

Green & Gold – the boat with the most W-H inspired theme.

Boat 5, S.A.G.E.

Most Creative Theme – given to the boat that most creatively expresses a theme.

Boat 3, The Death Bunnies

Most Creative use of Cardboard – given to the crew that is truly inventive.

Boat 1, Whoa the Boat

Most Attractive – Best looking boat BEFORE the race.

Boat 8, Le Chugas

People’s Choice Award – Voted on the day of event by the faculty present for the best team work.

Boat 2, H.A.C.K.

Ugliest Boat – Worst looking after AFTER the race

Boat 4, The Titanic

The Titanic Award – given to the crew of the boat that sinks in the most spectacular fashion.

Boat 6, B.A.R.S. with a foot through the bottom of the boat and a flotation time of 8.65 seconds 

Fastest Finish Award – given to the crew of the boat that has the fastest lap time.

Boat 5 "S.A.G.E." with a time of 31.76 seconds

Captain Sammy Faust, Abigail Ibironke, Emily Cao, Graham DeSantis

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