Students lined up in their cardboard boats

The Cardboard Regatta

Ready to Set Sail!

On Wednesday, May 22, Warren’s 8th Grade Pre-Engineering students set sail in the first (annual?) Cardboard Regatta at Apple Canyon Lake pool. This was a culmination of a year’s worth of work by the students as they each had a one-quarter long Pre-Engineering “mini” class with Mrs. Robbe.

Cardboard Regatta Trailer

The 8th Pre-Engineering mini focused on the engineering design process. Throughout the quarter, students used the stages of engineering, as well as mathematics calculations, to design, build, test, and improve water bottle rockets, thermal protection systems, and containers to safety send a chip through the mail.

Their final project was to design, create a scale model, test the scale model, build, and race a cardboard canoe. They used prior knowledge and researched examples of cardboard canoes to assist them in their design as well.

Student Applying Duct tape to a cardboard canoe
Finishing Touches

As they built and finalized their canoe, the students were required to calculate surface area and the volume of the canoe. They used this data along with the mass calculations to determine the maximum weight capacity of the craft. The measurement requirements included converting between units of measure. They also had to calculate the total mass and cost of the tape used.

Additionally, the students discussed Archimedes Principle as it relates to water craft.

The teams were required to have two people in their boat and were only allowed cardboard and tape. They were also required to have a theme. The students were scored on their calculations and their work as a team.

Students rowing in a cardboard boat
The S.S. Arrrrg! was able to travel the length of the pool and back without fear of sinking.

The final results are in the video below. As you can see, everyone had a blast at the event.

The 2019 Cardboard Regatta

Warren CUSD 205 Board of Education Announcement:

The Board appointed Abraham E. Trone to fill the vacancy on the Board.

The appointment will be from 2019 to 2021.

The Board previously established qualifications for the appointee in a careful and thoughtful manner. Abe meets these qualifications and has demonstrated the willingness to accept the duties and responsibilities of a Board member.  Abe brings a clear understanding of the demands and expectations of being a Board member along with a constructive attitude toward the challenge.

Battle of the Books

On Wednesday, May 15th, Warren Junior High School will be hosting a “Battle of the Books” competition. Students have been reading novels all semester in preparation for this event. Come join us in the high school gymnasium at 8:30 am as we cheer for our students and celebrate their reading successes! 

Thank you!