Down to the pool in boats

PHS students race cardboard boats in pool

Working in teams, students in Paul Krzyzaniak's accelerated physics classes at Plymouth High School recently built boats using only a cardboard box and a roll of duct tape.

They then raced their boats March 21 in the Plymouth High School pool, in front of a balcony full of observers. The activity requires students to take a project from design through construction to performance, said Krzyzaniak, who has been running the event for nearly 20 years.

Students must try to apply what they learned in a recent unit on buoyancy to design the lightest and fastest boats possible. The winner — who receives extra credit and bragging rights — is determined based on the weight of the boat and the time it takes to go 100 yards (down and back twice).

Ten boats out of 20 successfully traveled the 100 yards. This year's winners were:

· First: Connor Joseph and Ben Schaefers

· Second: Savannah Wiese and Carly Lilek

· Third: Cade Knaus and Michael Troka

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