students students participate in 24th Annual Recyclable Regatta
Canajoharie and Fort Plain students
participated in the 24th Annual Recyclabe Regatta June 10. The
regatta is an activity for middle and high school technology
students, who design and build full size boats that float on
recyclable materials. The event took place at the Pangea Ponds on
Mahr Rd. outside of Canajoharie.
Fort Plain brought 2 boats to the event, one
being a High School level displacement vessel which earned Second
Place in that division, and one being a Middle School Bottle
Buoyancy vessel which took Fourth Place.
high school team was made up of Cody Burkhart and Kyle Rodeo who
were awarded a trophy for best Craftsmanship and Quality. The middle
school boat team was Keith Burkhart and Taylor Cruger who received a
trophy for the Best Overall Boat because of its stability.
The activity allows Technology students to
integrate concepts of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and
Math) Education into a hands-on design based project.
Students engineer and design a boat that will
be able to carry their team safely during the half-mile regatta.
Each boat typically uses 50 – 100 soda or detergent bottles to float
teams of 1 – 4 students, and use human power. A judge looks over a
boat before it is put in the water.
Judges scored the boats on the use of
recyclables, craftsmanship, teamwork, appearance and speed.Concepts
of the project include volume, displacement, buoyancy, mechanical
systems, and management of material resources.
More than just mixing math and science for
tabletop activities, this project applies technology and engineering
to full size prototypes and not only helps students “get their feet
wet,” but truly involves them in research, development and
implementation of their studies.