Boat races test physics knowledge

According to Mr. Peace, for 17 years the York Suburban science department has been giving students the opportunity to build a boat entirely out of cardboard and duct tape.

Last Friday was the day of the boat races, and every student participating in the boat races was expected to be in the pool room and watch each other race throughout the entire day.

The objective of this is to create a cardboard boat strong enough to hold both the student and their partner, and sail across the high school’s pool, not get wet or sink.

Participants of the boat races juniors Mady Barley and Zoe Molock had a few things to say about their experience of building their own boat. Junior Mady Barley said one thing she would have done differently was “to make the calculations we had to do more precise in hopes to better our boat”.

The boat that she and her partner Zoe Molock came up with did not make it all the way across the pool; however it did make it to the halfway mark of the swimming pool, which was way better than they both had expected.

The theme of their boat was called the “Bestie Boat.” The two girls are  best friends, and that is where their inspiration came from. The boat was full of colors from permanent markers as bright as they could get and attempted to wear bright colors somewhere within their outfits.

According to Barley, the best part of her day was the advantage of not having to go to any classes all day, got to eat lunch with her good friends and having fun!

She also gives advice to the students next year who may attend the making of a cardboard boat, “take your time, use it wisely, don’t stress about anything because in the end it’ll all be fun and work out.”

The boat races are to “expect the students to take the concepts of buoyancy from class and apply it to a real life experience. They design a boat and use physics equations to predict the water line and total mass their boat can hold. It is an opportunity to do a STEM project.”