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Male mechanical engineering students work on a project in Cedarville's Engineering Projects Lab

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 five 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 2023 race saw a total of 37 engineering teams compete, with 25 crossing the lake successfully

1st112:21Elijah Clay, Caleb Hurley, Joseph Shierman, Jonathan Wiedenheft
1st332:21Benjamin Hubbard, Joshua Martus, Frederick Raquet, Jonathan Mitchell
2nd32:24Maximilian Doepker, Alexander Grahame, Micah Lint, Joel Roberts

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.

Canoe #28 attempts to make it to shore as spectators watch on.

Homecoming 2023 Cardboard Canoe Race

Watch as our freshmen engineering students attempt to cross Cedar Lake in a canoe they constructed with cardboard. It's a Cedarville tradition!