The whistle blows and they’re off: cardboard boats of varying descriptions and sizes gliding to the other side of the pool, their builders madly paddling for all they’re worth. For those with good designs and a bit of luck, the cardboard vessels not only make it across the length of the pool, they also hold the weight of team members as they pile in, one by one.

For years, TLDSB has been hosting Cardboard Boat Races, testing our students’ abilities to build a floating structure that will outperform all others in speed and weight challenges.

Both CKL and Muskoka regions participate – on separate days. Teams of four are provided all the necessary materials to build a boat in just two hours. Students must bring their problem-solving, teamwork and design skills as they create a seaworthy structure out of two sheets of 4′ by 8′ corrugated cardboard and some duct tape.

Winners this year were as follows:

Muskoka

1st – Riverside PS
2nd – J D Hodgson ES
3rd – Monck PS

CKL

1st – Bobcaygeon PS
2nd – Fenelon Township PS
3rd – Mariposa ES