Bragging rights and science glory drove students to construct a record number of boats for the Milk Carton Boat Race, the annual activity sponsored by the Science and Engineering Club.
The goal: to be the first team to make it across the school pool and back in a human-powered small craft. There is definitely a science behind assembling a poolworthy vessel out of recycled milk and juice cartons held together by duct tape.
Teams use different strategies to build vessels that come in varying sizes and shapes. Some construct canoes; others create floating planks complete with hand paddles.
The winning team of juniors Mihir Adluri, William Lew, Rohan Maletira, Ryan Nguyen, Patrick Snedden and Alan Valencia focused on balance and symmetry and engineered a structure that allowed their paddlers’ feet to dangle — the key to the success of their design, they say. All told, they relied on 36 cartons and five rolls of tape to navigate to victory, and their names will be immortalized on a wall plaque.