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Eighth Graders Try to Stay Afloat

cardboard box pic for staceyEUGENE, Ore. — Cardboard boats don’t sound very seaworthy, but Shasta middle schoolers still put it to the test. Eighth graders built boats out of cardboard and then hopped in and tried to paddle the length of the pool.

It was a test of the Archimedes Principle and the students had to build a sturdy, tight boat to get it to float. “We did pretty well. Nobody fell out of the boat and the boat didn’t collapse and we made it to the finish line, thankfully,” said student Caitlin Hoover.

“TheĀ boat didn’t collapse and we made it to the finish line, thankfully,” said Marty Greydanus, teacher.

Students who did make it to the finish line were timed and could win prizes. This is the 14th year of the experiment.

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