North students see if their projects sink or float

North High School students test their personal watercraft made of cardboard and duct tape during the Cardboard Regatta.
North High School students test their personal watercraft made of cardboard and duct tape during the Cardboard Regatta.

North High students in Ryan Owen’s AP Physics class were challenged to see if their ideas held water. The students took what they learned about buoyancy, Archimedes’ Principle and fluid dynamics to create small boats made out of cardboard and duct tape. They tested their creations in North’s pool during the Cardboard Regatta. The students earned points based on how far they could row their personal watercraft.

Owens said he believes the best way to learn is for hands-on and fun projects and the students had a great time testing what they learned in class.

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