2019 Cardboard Boat Challenge Results

November 16, 2019

Team “Nat 1 – Stage Hazard”, from Warwick Academy beat out 24 other teams from seven high schools to win the Cardboard Boat Challenge held Friday afternoon at the Bermuda National Sports Centre Aquatics Centre.

Teams of two to five students had two hours to build a boat, which could float two people, out of only the supplied materials, including cardboard boxes donated by Butterfield & Vallis, duct tape donated by Gorham’s and a box cutter.

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The Challenge, now in its 5th year, is organised by the Institute of Bermuda Architects [IBA] and the Bermuda Association of Professional Engineers [BAPE]. The aim is to encourage students to consider careers in architecture and engineering.

“Nat 1 – Stage Hazard”, from Warwick Academy, comprised of Noah Da Silva, Liam Flannery, Sam Pettit and Rowdy Crockwell-Laurent was the fastest team to complete a 50-metre lap of the pool with a time of 45.75 seconds. They held off “Swim or Sink”, from The Berkeley Institute comprising Makai Furbert, Mathew Warren, Quazuri Mathews-Wong, Brazil Furbert and Chakylah Mello by more than 20 seconds.

In third place George Kerr, Nik Froud, Cassie Mello and Clark Jeffrey representing Saltus Grammar School who finished with a time of 1 minute, 7 seconds.

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Lisamarie Masters, President, IBA, says: “We are thrilled to have 100 students from 7 schools participate at this year’s event. The students used a range of skills this afternoon including creative problem-solving, time-management, communication, and teamwork.

“From 10 cardboard boxes and two rolls of duct tape they had to envision, execute and test a structure that could carry two of their team across 50 meters. It’s an afternoon filled with math and science packaged in a really enjoyable way. Well done to all participants”

Stephanie Simons, President, BAPE says ‘BAPE is proud to offer continued support to the Cardboard Boat Challenge event. The number of participating teams is a positive sign that a growing number of young people are interested in and will now have experience with hands-on problem-solving skills. Congratulations to the winners and thank you to the teaching staff who support the students who come out to participate.’

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