Cardboard Canoes to Race Across Cedar Lake in Annual Event

by Public Relations Office

Cedarville, Ohio—Cedarville University freshman engineering students will showcase their design skills on Cedar Lake in the 13th annual Elmer W. Engstrom Department of Engineering`s Cardboard Canoe Race on Friday, Oct. 7. More than 20 teams of Cedarville students will have designed and built 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 the east end of Cedar Lake and paddled by two of its designers in a race to cross the lake in the shortest time. Entrants may ask any non-engineering student, faculty, staff to act as "baggage" to make the race more challenging. Last year`s champion boat was designed and constructed by John Stefan, Justin Wells, Matt Parker, and Dan Copeland. The effort was enlightening for Stefan. "During the time that we worked on the project I began to see the importance of being a team," Stefan recalled. "The team was amazing, and we did an awesome job putting together a great canoe." In encouraging this year`s freshman entrants, he added, "I wish the participants good luck and happy swimming!" An additional phase of the contest encourages non-engineering students to compete as representatives of their respective departments. The departments race for the Cedarville Cup, a traveling trophy. Last year the department of science and mathematics captured the honor. All teams that successfully cross the lake are eligible to square off in a closing demolition derby. The last team with a canoe afloat is then declared "Kings/Queens of the Lake." The crowd-pleasing tradition is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the University public relations office at 937-766-4159. -30-

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