Cedarville University engineering students will put their uniquely designed and christened canoes to the test in a race across Cedar Lake as a part of the University's Homecoming celebration Friday, Oct. 11. (Photo by Scott L. Huck/Cedarville University)
by Public Relations Office
October 9, 2002
Cedarville, Ohio -Cedarville University freshman engineering students will showcase their design skills on Cedar Lake in the ninth annual Elmer W. Engstrom Department of Engineering's Cardboard Canoe Race to be held on Friday, October 11. Nearly 30 teams of engineering students will design and build canoes entirely from coated cardboard (the same cardboard used in canned soda packaging) and packaging tape. Beginning at 3 p.m., each boat will be launched from one end of Cedar Lake and paddled by two of its designers in a race to cross the lake in the shortest time.
An additional phase of the competition encourages non-engineering students to compete as representatives of their respective departments. These students race against each other to win the Department Traveling Trophy, currently held by the education department, winners of last year's Campus Challenge.
A new phase of the competition begun last year will be continued. According to Dr. Larry Zavodney, chairman of the engineering department, "Any team which successfully navigates the width of Cedar Lake will be eligible to square off in a demolition derby. The last team with their canoe floating will be declared 'Kings/Queens of the Lake.'"
The crowd-pleasing event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the University public relations office at 937-766-7808.