Student Cardboard Boat Challenge On Nov 15

November 14, 2018

The Institute of Bermuda Architects [IBA] and the Bermuda Association of Professional Engineers [BAPE] will, for the fourth year, host a Cardboard Boat Building Challenge and are inviting the public to attend.

This year’s event will be held tomorrow, Thursday, November 15th. 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.

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 make a boat that will carry two team members the 50-metre length of the pool as fast as possible. Students have been encouraged to plan and build prototypes before the event.

Slideshow of last year’s Cardboard Boat challenge


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

Duncan Simons, President, IBA, says: “There is nothing like the process of making something and either succeeding or failing to learn what works and doesn’t work.

“Our hope is that this challenge raises awareness of the architecture and engineering professions and that some of the students participating consider a career as an engineer or architect.”

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