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Annual Cardboard Canoe Race

The School of Engineering and Computer Science at Cedarville University annually holds a cardboard canoe race as an integral part of their freshman Engineering Professions course.  This competition is one of the first opportunities for freshman engineering students to attempt a "real-world" design project. The goal of this competition is for teams of 4 students to design and construct a canoe using only limited supplies of cardboard and packaging tape.  The canoes are to enable two students to paddle across Cedar Lake on the beautiful Cedarville University campus.

The 2015 race saw a total of 32 engineering teams compete with 24 crossing the lake successfully. 

Cardboard Canoes at Starting Line 2015 Winning Cardboard Canoe Team
Cardboard Canoes on the lake

1st 30 1:38 Jimmy Kelly, Bryce Pitstick, Caleb Williams, Luke Vincett
2nd 18 2:03 Isaac LaCroix, Matthew Entner, Adam Nesimth, Carter Williams
3rd 25 2:05 Nathan Jessurun, Kyle Nawyn, Nathan Perry, Auston Henninger
4th 7 2:19 Jeremy Sheckler, Eli Norden, Aaron Gagne, Austin Smith
5th 9 2:20 Shai Renne, Gregory Garrison, John Piraino, Nathaniel Stahlnecker
Army ROTC Boat Team

In addition to the freshman engineers, the competition is also open to the other academic departments on campus to compete against each other.  The winner of the open category for 2015 was the Army ROTC detachment who beat out teams representing the Library, Pharmacy, and Science and Mathematics with a finishing time of 1:56.

Following the races across the lake, the top finishing teams were invited to participate in a demolition derby on the water.  This year congratulations go out to an all-lady team comprised of freshman engineering students who successfully fended off all challengers to be named the "Queens of the Lake".  The ladies on this team were Kristy Parks, Shannon Gebauer, Tori Handley, and Taela Roth.  

The School of Engineering and Computer Science wishes to extend a special thanks to  Rivers Edge Outfitters of Waynesville, Ohio for their annual support of our cardboard boat race.  Their provision of paddles, life jackets, and canoes makes our cardboard canoe race possible.