Lakota East Freshmen's Cardboard Canoe Showcases Design Skills, Teamwork

Lakota East Freshmen's Cardboard Canoe Showcases Design Skills, Teamwork
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The boats weren't quite state-of-the-art, but they were durable and maneuverable. And, for the most part, they stayed afloat - at least long enough to make it a good race.

On May 6 Lakota East Freshman held the second annual Cardboard Canoe Regatta, with plenty of fun and learning involved. Students in Ken Kinch's introduction to engineering design course, which is offered in partnership with Butler Tech, used their design skills to create canoes from cardboard and duct tape, sealing the boats as much as possible for the big event. Then, they took to the water at the Lakota Family YMCA on Yankee Road, for a round robin race off.

According to Kinch, "The students did a great job in creating their canoes, incorporating many design elements to help them move faster or more efficiently through the water. It's a fun way to actually see first-hand how engineering practices can make such a difference in manufacturing and the final product."

The winning canoe this year also broke the all-time load-bearing record, holding 11 students at once as the team and their classmates climbed aboard to test the limit. The winning team consisted of: Ian Kimmel, Grace Lunsford, Daniel Plumley, Matthew Prock, and Ben Roth.

The runner-up canoe was designed by: Alexis Burt, Josh Dubovec, Cody Ellers, and Matt Elliott.