Eighth-Graders Hit the Pool for Cardboard Boat Races

Baker eighth-graders put months of research and design work to the test last Friday, hitting the pool for our annual cardboard boat races.

Taking what they learned about buoyancy, density, and the physics of water with Middle School science teacher Natasha Itkin, students worked in teams of three or four to design and build boats made of cardboard and duct tape that could carry two paddlers down the length of Baker’s indoor pool and back again.

The calculations didn’t prove perfect for all 11 teams, but the afternoon featured plenty of highlights for the eighth-graders and the classmates, parents, faculty, and staff who packed the pool deck and viewing area to cheer them on.

[Baker parents, see the full photo gallery at Vidigami!]

Superboat, built and captained by Nicholas Adams-Agresti, Peter Kurschner, and Ryan Schreder, placed first with a time of 43 seconds. They were followed closely by Space Monkey Mafia (Gavin Bruggeman, Tyler Doornweerd, Owen Hanson, and Davis Kurschner) and Rainbowt (Lisa Grimsted, Caroline Roche, Madeleine Ross).

Ballots are being tabulated for five additional awards: best-looking boat, most creative design, most creative outfits, most enthusiasm, and most spectacular sinking.

[Chicago Tribune: Baker Boat Race Generates Science Fun]