Physics students compete in Cardboard Boat Regatta

2014-02-07T00:00:00Z 2014-02-07T22:43:44Z Physics students compete in Cardboard Boat RegattaTimes Staff nwitimes.com
February 07, 2014 12:00 am  • 

ST. JOHN | It may not seem like sailing weather in Northwest Indiana, but that didn't stop Katelin Ellis'  physics class at Lake Central High School from holding  the school's inaugural Cardboard Boat Regatta recently.

The good news for participants - and spectators - is that the event was held indoors using the school's swimming pool.

Since August, said Ellis, her students, in teams of three, spent time researching, designing, constructing, testing, and analyzing a cardboard boat.

The students "had to build a boat entirely out of cardboard and adhesive tape and caulk," Ellis said. "No other materials were allowed to be used, and (the boat) had to support two members of each team while they paddled a pool length."

Testing day involved teams racing their boats against one another. "Some teams made successful boats while others completely sank," Ellis added "The purpose of this project was to use physic concepts that the students had been learning in the classroom and apply the concepts to a real-life problem.

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