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 2019 race saw a total of 34 engineering teams compete, with 26 crossing the lake successfully

1st112:11Ren Murakami, Isaac Zeilenga, Drake Grizenko, Nathanael Cook
2nd22:14Stuart Nowery, Trent Enos, Jake Kovacs, Peyton Scranton
2nd262:14Jonathan Gregory, Justin Robinson, Gabriel Kenter, John Strunk
2nd382:14Seth Campbell, John Tarwater, Nathan Angstadt, Joseph Heise
3rd122:19Clay 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 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. 

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.