Skills Ontario cardboard boat competition coming to Espanola

Students will be gathering in Espanola on Wednesday to build a boat and race boats made of cardboard and duct tape.
Students from the northeast will gather in Espanola on Wednesday to build boats with cardboard and duct tape, as part of a Skills Ontario event. (Supplied/Skills Ontario)

Students from northeastern Ontario will be gathering in Espanola to build a boat and race boats made of cardboard and duct tape.

On Wednesday, the Skills Ontario Cardboard Boat Race will take place in the town west of Greater Sudbury — with more than 120 students from a number of schools taking part.

Brittany Raymond with Skills Ontario says students will be given duct tape and cardboard and will build boats in two hours.

"Then, we test it in the pool to see how it goes," she said.

Raymond says students come prepared with a design. She says the boats are judged on a number of factors.

"The big kind of weighted categories would be the speed test and the weight test," she said.

"So the fastest teams get higher points and … then the boat that carries the highest weight will get … higher points."

Students are also judged on teamwork, safety, decorating and planning.

Raymond says the race teaches students skills-based learning and allows them to practice planning and design, teamwork and construction.

"Everyone comes with their own ideas," she said.

"What seems to do well in the regional competition is a good solid design."

Winners from the regional event will compete in the upcoming provincial event in Waterloo in March.

With files from Wendy Bird