VIDEO: East Texas high school students to race self-built cardboard canoes

What floats your cardboard boat?

VIDEO: Students race in cardboard canoes at UT Tyler

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Five East Texas schools competed in an unusual engineering competition on Friday.

The students were assigned to build boats out of cardboard, and they will test the durability of their creations by racing them. School districts participating are All Saints, Chapel Hill, Tyler and Whitehouse ISDs, as well as students from the UT Tyler University Academy.

Dr. Mike McGinnis, UT Tyler’s associate dean of engineering, was on hand to watch over the competition. The races were held on Harvey Lake on the UT Tyler campus from noon to 2 p.m.

“They’ve had this semester to work on this project. They had to give an oral presentation and write a written report,” said McGinnis. “To build the boat they have 6 rolls of duct tape, as much cardboard as they want. They have to think about how to make fast make one fast, how to make one that doesn’t sink. Obviously, some teams were successful, some not.”

Team Big Bertha’s Boys took home the victory this year. They said it took them a good 8 to 10 hours of hard work to get the vessel ready for the race.

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