Hermantown Students Test their Knowledge on the Lake

Updated: 05/22/2014 10:58 PM
Created: 05/22/2014 6:29 PM

Some Northland high school students put their learning to the test Thursday- out on the open water.

About 80 kids from Hermantown were out on Pike Lake racing their cardboard boats. Some of the boats got in the water, but not much further. Others floated to victory.

Physics instructor, Ted Perala, said this is the students' final project after studying flotation and bouyancy this semester.

The students had to use engineering principles to design a boat that would support two or three people.

"Most of them don't think when we start that they can build a boat out of complete cardboard and be able to float and actually be able to race in it. So it's a lot of fun when they realize they can do that," he said.

This is the biggest group of students the physics department has ever had racing. Thirty boats raced about 100 yards.

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