STEAM Lessons ‘Sink’ In


It was a race to the finish, or at least keep from sinking, as Junior-Senior High School students in Mary Beth Schappert’s Project Based Learning and STEAM classes competed in the first Cardboard Boat Regatta. The regatta was the culmination of a project in support of the district’s new STEM/STEAM initiative.

Using just cardboard and duct tape, 16 teams of students were challenged to design and engineer a boat that could sail two people across the length of the floating dock in the Gilgo Beach Marina. After weeks of applying their design and engineering skills, students took their completed boats to the dock on May 26 for race day.

Two students paddled inside their boats and did their best to stay afloat. Those with the fastest times, best design, most school spirit and best “sinking” were recognized with cardboard trophies.