COD Engineering Club Boat Race

The Engineering Club at College of DuPage used their knowledge of buoyancy and dynamics to get their boats into ship shape.

Seven teams of four students each, were allowed four rolls of duct tape and as much cardboard as they could find to construct their watercrafts. After weeks of hard work, boats were named, topped with flags and launched in the P.E. swimming pool.

Members tried to stay afloat as they captained their homemade ships.
“It was ran pretty well. There were some parts that were specifically left out of the rules, which we had to try to assume or figure out on our own,” said Alec Steinkraus, Captain of team “Team.”

The race began with a 50-meter cruise where teams tried not to make a splash. After drying out their ships, they advanced onto a 200-meter relay. Any surviving vessels competed in a timed sprint for the grand prize, a twenty-dollar Starbucks gift card.

Cashing in on the coffee was team “Team” who was crowned as the first COD cardboard boat race champions. The club plans to make this an annual event.


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