Nov 18: Cardboard Boat Challenge To Be Held

November 9, 2016

[Updated] The Institute of Bermuda Architects [IBA] and the Bermuda Association of Professional Engineers [BAPE] are once again hosting the Cardboard Boat Challenge and inviting the public to attend.

This year’s event will be held on Thursday, November 17. Students in years 9 to 12 have been invited to take part in the event which will be held at the National Aquatics Centre.

Spectators are encouraged to attend and cheer on the teams. Boat building will be from 1:15pm to 3:15pm, races at 3:30pm and awards ceremony at 4:30pm.

Cardboard Boat Challenge video from last year

The Boat Race will involve teams of up to five students building a boat out of cardboard and duct tape over a two-hour period. All materials and equipment will be provided.

This year the cardboard material for the boats will be re-used, locally sourced boxes, which have been donated by the Bermuda Bread Company.

The challenge is to create a boat that will carry two team members the 50-metre length of the pool as fast as possible – without falling into the water. Students are encouraged to plan and build prototypes before the big day and to bring clothes they don’t mind getting wet!

Cardboard Boat Challenge photo slideshow from last year


Interested students should contact their design or science teachers who will be able to provide entry forms and provide more details. The deadline for team applications is November 14, after which any extra spaces will be offered up on a limited basis.

Krystal Rodrigues, President, IBA, says: “Last year, the Cardboard Boat was an exciting and educational event for high school students and an entertaining spectacle for all those who attended.

“The challenge is a hands-on way for students to learn about architecture, design and engineering. With BAPE, we want to get kids interested in design and engineering as potential career paths as well as providing a way for them to have fun.

“We look forward to watching this year’s participants sink or float in their creations.”

Stephanie Simons, BAPE Committee Secretary and co-organizer, says: “The Cardboard Boat Challenge is an excellent opportunity for students to get a taste of what it’s like to be an engineer or architect.

“We are pleased to work with IBA to put on this event for the second year running and we look forward to watching the race.”

Update: The event has been postponed to Nov 18th due to the weather

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