Friday, August 15, 2008

Cardboard and Duct Tape

We had a fun activity this week for Young Women. We were divided into three teams and each team was given the same materials - Cardboard box, Styrofoam pieces and a roll of Duct Tape - with instructions that we had 30 minutes to construct a boat that could float a person down the canal.

Each team came up with their own boat designs. On the left you can see a canoe cardboard construction, ours is in the middle (the BEST) and on the right was your basic box-all-sealed-up-with-duct-tape-so-it-won't-sink construction.

My Team! Ashley, Renee and Heidi. What do you think of this unique design? We even used the PLASTIC BAG that all the stuff came in. Pretty smart, eh?

Here is team 3 with their box. Will it float?

With a person inside it?? Hmmmm....

Box-all-sealed-up isn't lookin so good.

Going under

This is where the pictures get kinda fuzzy - sorry. I was using my cell phone and I was laughing so hard I couldn't hold the camera still.


She's taking on water - but she's still AFLOAT!!

Okay, so we had some minor design flaws.

The girls were all troupers and still raced each other (albeit underwater) for 3 blocks.

No one is dry.

Tips for cardboard boat construction:
Duct tape works really well.
Styrofoam will only keep your boat afloat as long as no one is IN it.
Build a deeper boat, because even a tiny 85 lb girl will sink it.

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