Students from Parkland elementary school flexed their engineering skills in a cardboard boat competition at Spani pool in Mundy Park, Friday, May 31.
The Grade 4 and 5 students, split into 17 teams. Sporting names such as the Spirit Bears and the Ghost Chickens, they devised boats out of cardboard and duct tape, a real-life exploration into the laws of buoyancy.
For the weight challenge, the boats were to hold four students for two minutes. But as students slipped from the side of pool into their quickly water-logging vessels, shrieks of delight appeared to overwhelm the fact few passed the test.
“I’m blind! I literally can’t see!” screeched one boy as shot his head above the chlorinated water.
By the end of the afternoon, the smiling students filed out, past the hulking pile of soggy cardboard and peeling tape.