Student Cardboard Boat Challenge On Nov 16

November 15, 2017

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 tomorrow, Thursday, November 16. 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 1:00pm to 3:00pm, races at 3:15pm and awards ceremony at 4:00pm.

Slideshow of last year’s Cardboard Boat Challenge 


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.

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 material for the boats will be re-used, locally-sourced boxes, which have been donated by the Bermuda Bread Company. The event has also been made possible with the support of Freisenbruch-Meyer and Meyer Freight Ltd.

Duncan Simons, President, IBA, says, “This will be the third year we have co-organized this event with BAPE. As professionals in both architecture and engineering, collaboration, design and testing our ideas are critical to our success.

“This competition provides an opportunity for students to test their ideas and it is our hope that they consider a career as an architect or an engineer in the future.”

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