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Annual Cardboard Canoe Race

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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 four 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 event is held annually on the Friday of homecoming weekend and is open to the public.

The 2017 race saw a total of 34 engineering teams compete, with 26 crossing the lake successfully

1st 1 2:24 Seth Baney, Andrew Luiken, Lucas Scharfenkamp, John Mathews
2nd 25 2:25 Samuel Smith, Andrew Ashley, Timothy Kessler, Noah Flack
3rd 5 2:30 Alex Batts, Colin King, Trevor Loula, Caleb Pendleton
4th 31 2:34 Grant Boldt, Justin White, Isaiah Higgins, Nicholas Heist
5th 14 2:36 Madison Klemm, Karli Erdman, Madeline Neumann

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 2017 was the Army ROTC detachment, whose time of 2:25 beat out teams representing chemistry, geology, pharmacy, and English, literature, and modern languages.

The School of Engineering and Computer Science extends 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. We would also like to thank Green Bay Packaging for their donation of cardboard and Hyundai for providing T-shirts to engineering students and faculty members. 

Canoe #28 attempts to make it to shore as spectators watch on. Canoe #7 paddling hard, just inches ahead of the competition.