COOL VIDEO: Cardboard Boats Carry Students

December 2, 2013 Updated Dec 2, 2013 at 7:36 PM EDT

By Ed Reilly

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December 2, 2013 Updated Dec 2, 2013 at 7:36 PM EDT

Gowanda, N.Y. (WKBW) What's the best way to inspire 8th grade students to study math and science?

How about mixing up cardboard, duct tape, and lots of water.

For nine years, Gowanda Middle School has been having students build cardboard boats that can actually carry two people.

The project starts in October with students having to research, calculate, and construct the boats for a test in the school pool.

Teams of 3 to 4 students work together to get the boats in the water and paddle them across the pool.

All students are guaranteed at least a 80% grade for participating, with higher marks for boats that show greater design and team work.

Students are only allowed to use two rolls of duct tape and the boats need to have a shape - not just a square box.

While some boats headed to the bottom very quickly, others did remarkably well with float times of close to 15 minutes.