Cardboard Boat Building Challenge On Nov 15

November 14, 2019

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

This year’s event will be held tomorrow, Friday, 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 3:45pm.

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.

Slideshow of last year’s Cardboard Boat challenge


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.

Cardboard material for the boats will be re-used, locally-sourced boxes, which have been donated by Butterfield and Vallis. Duct tape has been donated by Gorham’s Ltd.

Lisamarie Masters, President, IBA, says: “As design professionals it is important for us to engage with the next generation of architects and engineers so that we can build relationships with students and help guide them through the process of becoming a registered professional.”

She added, “Building and racing a cardboard boat is a fantastic way for students to engage with many of the problem solving, design and collaboration skills we as professionals use regularly. It is quite literally a sink or swim challenge and it is our hope that some of the students participating consider a career as an engineer or architect.”

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