Get your students excited about engineering by building boats out of the recycled cardboard you have around your school or office. This event could take place over several days or as one big day-long event. Boats could be designed to hold specific masses or the students themselves. Choose from a wide variety of judging criteria including technique, aesthetics, historical references, and speed.

Who: Created with upper elementary, middle and high school students in mind. Consider splitting competition into age categories if a wide range of ages are present.

Anticipated Supply Cost: It is FREE to use these online curriculum. Materials to implement the curriculum are the responsibility of the user. You can expect to spend approximately $5-$10 per student group in materials. The cost will vary based on materials used, vendor, etc. This competition use many materials that you may already have on hand (cardboard and duct tape), which will also reduce the overall cost of the event.

Facilitator Materials:

Cardboard Regatta Challenge

Generic Event Info

Background information as well as basic rules and parameters for the competition.

Judging Scales

Judging Criteria

Example criteria for judging.

Need help making your STEM Experience a reality? Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance is here to help with:

  • The STEM Shoppe, which offers FREE resources for educators to borrow, keep or repurpose (as supplies allow)

  • Educator Grants to purchase the supplies you need

  • Free consolation sessions to get your STEM Experience off the ground