Submitted by Pamela Hoffman
St. Augustine School was well represented at the Skills Canada Cardboard Boat Race Competition on Thursday Nov. 6. All teams, 21 junior high and 9 senior high, constructed a boat out of cardboard within a 1.5 hour time limit. Each team was given an 8m roll of duct tape, one roll of packing tape and a cutting tool. After construction one team member raced the boat across a swimming pool. The race was followed by a float test in which three of the four team members climbed in the boat while the fourth held it steady. Final scores were based on: design, construction, safety, speed across the pool, and weight capacity.
Two of our junior high teams pooled their talents and built sturdy boats worthy of even Captain Sparrow. Our Grade 7 team had a very strong showing during the timed trials. The float test proved more challenging however… and down they went! Regardless, our Grade 7 team still achieved fifth place out of 21 competing teams. Well done!
Our Grade 8 team were also very quick in their dash across the pool. During the weight test they managed to stay afloat for an entire minute (the maximum). Once the tallies were in, our Grade 8 team had the highest score and were therefore the gold metal champions!
Both teams had a swimming good time and are already anticipating next year’s event. Congratulations to both teams!
Grade 8: (Our Gold Medal Champions!)
Grade 7: (5th place)