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 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 2020 race saw a total of 36 engineering teams compete, with 29 crossing the lake successfully

PLACEBOATTIMETEAM
1st112:15Anna Gatchell, Maria Smith, Grace Anne Ellis, Sydney Dodson
2nd22:27Peter Tsibouris, Matthew Keating, Mason Murry, Paul Manring
2nd262:27Jared Morrison, Benjamin Schultz, Christian St. John, Jackson Chairvolotti
3rd382:29Brian Reiff, Ryan Cole, Kyle Jervis, David Pyo

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. 

2020 Cardboard Canoe Race

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