Annual Canoe Regatta Sails into Lakota YMCA

Fourth Annual Canoe Regatta Sails into Lakota YMCA
Posted on 06/01/2018
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photo of winning canoe regatta teamCorrugated cardboard, duct tape and water may seem like an odd combination, but for Lakota East students taking Introduction to Engineering Design, it makes perfect sense.

The fourth annual canoe regatta took place at the Lakota YMCA on May 18 and followed a bracket-style competition. Students enrolled in this Project Lead the Way class, through Butler Tech, worked in small groups to design a canoe that two students could paddle two lengths of the swimming pool. The class is the first in the engineering pathway offered by Lakota and Butler Tech.

Maddie Barone explained that after math lessons to determine how high the water would rise, her group moved on to the design process and duct tape. “It’s a fun project overall. It’s a good way to have fun while learning about engineering,” she said.

Joe Schorr teaches the class to approximately 125 students at the East Freshman campus. “Throughout the year we focus on the six-step 'Project Lead the Way' engineering design process. Students walk through the process of brainstorming ideas, evaluating all their ideas, sketching and giving dimension to their canoe drawings, doing buoyancy calculations and then finally building and testing.”

The project culminates in the annual regatta, which this year pitted "Trust Issues" against "Green/Gray Machine". Congratulations to Aidan Garland, Adrianna Fay, Katie Addison and Courtney Lyden for winning this year’s regatta in their canoe, "Trust Issues!"