Cardboard Boat Races and Video Challenges

Registration opens September 18th, 2019!

Scroll to the bottom of this page for dates and locations.

The whistle blows and they’re off: cardboard boats of varying descriptions and sizes gliding to the other side of the pool, their builders madly paddling for all they’re worth. For those with good designs and a bit of luck, the cardboard vessels not only make it across the length of the pool, they also hold the weight of team members as they pile in, one by one.

For over 20 years, Skills Ontario has been hosting Cardboard Boat Races across Ontario, testing the student’s ability to build a floating structure that will outperform all others in speed and weight challenges.

Both elementary and secondary schools participate - on separate days. Teams of four are provided all the necessary materials to build a boat in just two hours. Students must bring their problem-solving, teamwork and design skills as they create a seaworthy structure out of two sheets of 4' by 8' corrugated cardboard and some duct tape.

Video Challenges

Meanwhile, teams of two record their boat building peer’s progress from the construction stage to the races in the pool, as they work to capture the best video of the action. The student videographers then edit and produce a promotional video at their schools. Once submitted, each production is judged, the winners are selected and teams are provided with a scoring breakdown.

Volunteers

We are looking for volunteer judges at many of our Cardboard Boat Races. If you are interested in volunteering in this position, please contact us today at boatraces@skillsontario.com !

Volunteer flyer

Tentative Dates & Locations

More dates and locations will be added in the next several weeks! Please check back!

Elementary Races

TBA Marathon
TBA Thunder Bay, Lakehead University
TBA Sault Ste. Marie, Sault Ste. Marie YMCA
November 22, 2019 Ottawa (1)*, Confederation Education Centre
November 25, 2019 Ottawa (2)*, Confederation Education Centre
November 27, 2019 Bracebridge, Bracebridge Sportsplex
January 14, 2020 Fergus (1), Centre Wellington Community Sportsplex
January 15, 2020 Fergus (2), Centre Wellington Community Sportsplex
TBA Belleville, Quinte Sports and Wellness Centre
January 21, 2020 Brantford (1), Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre
January 22, 2020 Brantford (2), Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre
TBA GTA
TBA Espanola
TBA Port Elgin

 

Secondary Races

October 24, 2019 Leamington, Kinsmen Recreation Complex
December 3, 2019 London, H.B. Beal Secondary School
January 20, 2020 Ottawa*, Confederation Education Centre/Nepean Sports Plex
TBA Belleville, Quinte Sports and Wellness Centre
TBA Espanola
TBA Sault Ste. Marie, Sault Ste. Marie Y.M.C.A.
TBA Thunder Bay, Lakehead University
TBA GTA

*Denotes bilingual races

Cardboard Boat Race Championships --- To Be Announced