Michigan Tech Students Have a Blast in Cardboard Boat Race
Michigan Technological University (MTU), nestled halfway up Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula that juts northward into Lake Superior, has many traditions... including the annual Cardboard Boat Race held during MTU's homecoming each year.
During this wet and wild event, student teams fabricate boats from cardboard and duct tape, then race them on the nearby Keweenaw Waterway as one of the many homecoming festivities. The MTU campus sits on the southern bank of the East/West waterway that slices through the Keweenaw Peninsula, so it provides a convenient venue for aquatic events such as the MTU Cardboard Boat Race. After constructing their vessels, over 40 Cardboard Boat teams consisting of 8-12 students then attempt to stay afloat as they race for the fastest time through a marked course on the Keweenaw Waterway.
At this year's 2016 homecoming event, two student dorm houses, Ground Zero and Middle Earth, worked together to build a vessel to enter into the Cardboard Boat Race... using duct tape from Detroit Tool and Supply!
Nearly everyone ends up getting wet, but it is a fun way to apply engineering skills and enjoy the natural resources of Michigan's Upper Peninsula.