MEDIA ADVISORY: Cardboard Boat Race

Posted on Monday, November 23, 2015

The Faculty of Education of the University of Ottawa invites members of the media to watch a Cardboard Boat Race, which will take place in the Montpetit pool at the University of Ottawa.

Planning for the race started last week when teams of students from the Faculty of Education were provided with materials and tasked with building a boat in only two hours. Rules are strict: the boat must be built out of only two 4' x 8' sheets of corrugated cardboard and duct tape. Students shared their problem-solving and teamwork skills to create the floating structure.

During the upcoming race, teams will test the seaworthiness of their cardboard boats by attempting to navigate them from one end of the Olympic-size pool to the other both with and without the weight of team members.

The goal of this event is to engage students in an activity that uses both their brains and their hands to solve open-ended problems and use the critical and creative thinking that will ultimately make them better teachers.

WHAT: Cardboard Boat Race
WHEN: November 24, 2015 at 9:20 a.m.
WHERE: University of Ottawa swimming pool, Montpetit Hall (125 University | map)

Media inquiries

Mila Roy
Media Relations Officer
University of Ottawa
Office: 613-562-5800 ext. 2529
Cell: 613-762-2908

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