Cardboard Boat Races

Northern Cardboard Boat Race

February 3, 2020 at NAIT

Southern Cardboard Boat Race

February 4, 2020 at SAIT


Armed with cardboard, duct tape and a few other odds and ends, junior and senior high school students from across the province use their skill and ingenuity to transform these materials into a vessel for the water. Not only does their "boat" need to be quick, but it must be capable of carrying passengers as well.

Objectives - Design and construct a boat with only the supplied materials in 1½ hours or less.  The Boat should float, carry lots of weight and go fast.

This challenge is open-ended and problem-solving in nature. It involves design, research & presentation, principles of structure, strength, rigidity, water permeability, propulsion, friction and direction control, buoyancy and displacement, adhesives and bonding, teamwork and FUN!