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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 2019 race saw a total of 38 engineering teams compete, with 29 crossing the lake successfully

1st 11 2:11 Ren Murakami, Isaac Zeilenga, Drake Grizenko, Nathanael Cook
2nd 2 2:14 Stuart Nowery, Trent Enos, Jake Kovacs, Peyton Scranton
2nd 26 2:14 Jonathan Gregory, Justin Robinson, Gabriel Kenter, John Strunk
2nd 38 2:14 Seth Campbell, John Tarwater, Nathan Angstadt, Joseph Heise
3rd 12 2:19 Clay Montgomery, Samual Edwards, Eric Miller, Ethan Swanson

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 2019 was the Army ROTC detachment, whose time of 2:03 beat out teams representing education, AYA Science, chemistry, environmental science, library, geology, and ELML.

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. 

2019 Cardboard Canoe Race

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