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Students make a big splash with Skills Ontario

March 6, 2015

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 You might be surprised to learn that students building a boat out of cardboard, duct tape and glue can change our province.

Skills Ontario is working toward building an economically vibrant Ontario, while encouraging the next generation of workers to discover their passion for the skilled trades and technologies. The Cardboard Boat Races is just one of the many initiatives offered to students across Ontario.

The premise is simple: give a team of four elementary/secondary students two hours and the materials they need to build a cardboard boat that will outperform their peers in speed and weight challenges. The outcome is both entertaining and inspiring.

The Provincial Championship Cardboard Boat Races took place on March 4th and 5th in Waterloo with the top 25 teams from across Ontario in both elementary and secondary races (held this fall/winter across Ontario) in a showdown to determine who was the best cardboard boat builder/racer in the province!

Students came from many locations throughout Ontario including Toronto, Sturgeon Falls, Brantford, Guelph, Ottawa and as far north as Thunder Bay and Marathon!

 "The races are one of our most popular events each year,"  said Gail Smyth, Executive Director of Skills Ontario. "The kids love them and learn so much about themselves … it’s a great event to watch."  

The teams had two hours and the materials they needed to build a cardboard boat to out-perform their peers in speed and weight challenges.

After two hours of building and eight heats of races each day, the winners of the Elementary (March 4) and Secondary (March 5) Skills Ontario Cardboard Boat Race Championships were declared.

Elementary Student Championship:

 1st place: Woodman-Cainsville School - Team 2, Brantford, Ontario Speed: 17.97s Weight: 709lbs

2nd Place: Woodman-Cainsville School - Team 1, Brantford, Ontario Speed: 18.78sWeight: 595lbs

3rd Place: École Alliance St-Joseph, Chelmsford, Ontario Speed: 20.5s Weight: 547lbs

Secondary Student Championship:

1st place: École Cité-Supérieure - Team 1, Marathon, Ontario Speed: 12.35s Weight: 657lbs

2nd Place: Eden High School - Team 1, St. Catharines, Ontario Speed: 13.59s Weight: 586lbs

3rd Place: Eden High School - Team 2, St. Catharines, Ontario Speed 12.57s Weight 550lbs.

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Ontario Speed:

12.57s Weight: 550lbs - Eden High School now holds six of the top ten all-time records for weight and speed. Woodman-Cainsville School Team 2 is now number seven in the top 10 all-time records for weight performance, with their astounding 709 pound capacity boat.

Student participants had a positive and rewarding experience that showed them their potential to succeed in a hands-on career through teamwork, creativity, and skills-building.

The Cardboard Boat Races is just one of the many initiatives that Skills Ontario offers to students across Ontario to encourage the next generation of workers to discover their passion for the skilled trades and technologies.

 Skills Ontario is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting the skilled trades and technologies as viable first-choice career options for Ontario youth. Throughout the year, it promotes the skilled trades and technologies through in-school presentations, the Ontario Technological Skills Competition (OTSC), Cardboard Boat Race Competitions, Women’s Career Exploration Events and Conferences and Aboriginal Initiatives.


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