Students began to cheer and yell words of encouragement as their classmates placed their boats in the pool at the Aiken Family Y on Oct. 22.
Competitors had to be careful not to topple their cardboard boats as they got in. Once they received the signal, the race was on to see which competitor could get to the other end of the pool the fastest.
The Cardboard Regatta gave students in the AP physics class at North Augusta High School an opportunity to apply what they have been learning in class.
“It gives you a greater understanding of what you’re learning in class,” said student Glenn Barnes, who won the competition by finishing the final race in about 20 seconds. In the qualifying round, he finished in about 22 seconds.
Each competitor had to build their own boat using cardboard and duct tape. Glenn worked during weekends to build his boat, The Destroyer. While working on it, he had to think about its aesthetics as well as making sure the boat would do well in a race, he said. “I wanted a larger bottom to increase the buoyant force,” he said. Other winners were: Eric Collins, second place; Derek Bussey, third place; and MaryBeth Cooper, fourth place.