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Buckhannon Upshur Middle School Holds Cardboard Boat Regatta

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Students at Buckhannon Upshur Middle School spent the afternoon on the water Wednesday.

"This is our second annual cardboard boat regatta. We had our first one last year. We had seven boats last year, and we've grown to 29 boats this year," said Vicki Sharp, project leader.

Students designed and built their own boats made out of cardboard and duct tape. Each boat had its own name like the Black Knight or S.S. Mustache. Vicki Sharp teaches advanced studies. She said her job is to make the kids think on a higher level.

"I did it as just a little experiment, and I had the kids engineer and design a scale model first and tested it at school first in a swimming pool from there they designed their big boats at home of course," Sharp said.

Sharp said it was a STEM project combining Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. On Wednesday the students got to see how their hard work paid off.

Students we talked to said you have to be creative to make sure your boat stands out and most importantly to make sure it doesn't sink

"So I didn't know I could use different kinds of duct tape. So I just created mine with plain gray duct tape. But the boat design I used is a 'V' boat, said Jay Senthilvelan, sixth grader.

"Practicality was my and my partners first and foremost important thing. So my boat is pretty mundane, but you know we won't sink." said Hannah Eshelman, eighth grader.

Sharp said in the end the kids walked away knowing if their boat would sink or swim.

"Some of them they didn't think wouldn't make it they have. So it's a been a real learning experience for the kids," Sharp said.