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Physics students conquer cardboard

Christine Baltezore commands "The Mighty Mushroom" on Monday, March 25, during the Cardboard Boat Regatta. David Samson / Forum News Service2 / 7
Madison Adams and Andrina Brogden celebrate their win in the finals of the first annual Cardboard Boat Regatta at L.E. Berger Pool. David Samson / Forum News Service3 / 7
Kyle Lothspeich raises his sword as he takes the plunge aboard the "HMS Karl Pilkington" during the regatta. David Samson / Forum News Service4 / 7
Bryce Vogel and Chantal Toso from team The Life Aquatic lose the bottom from their boat "The Belafonte." David Samson / Forum News Service5 / 7
Nathan Mulske and Sam Smith and "The Vitamin Sea" capsize on Monday, March 25, 2013, during the regatta at L.E. Berger Pool. David Samson / Forum News Service6 / 7
Zach Muff gives a farewell salute as he and teammate Madison Myrvik go down with their ship, "the DeLorean," at the L.E. Berger Pool. David Samson / Forum News Service7 / 7

For the past two weeks, Michelle Strand’s physics students at West Fargo High School have been learning the physics of fluids and what is necessary to float a boat.

Working in teams, the students constructed boats out of cardboard that two members of each team raced down and back across the L.E. Berger Pool for the inaugural  Cardboard Boat Regatta on Monday evening.

There were 26 teams in the event. Some teams made it across the pool, and some sank almost immediately.

The top five times entered a final heat, with the winning team being determined by the lowest combined time of the two heats.

First place went to the “Cardboard Cru” team of Andrina Brogden, Miranda Wilcox, James Welch, Jodi Stende and Madison Adams.

Awards were also presented for the best looking boat, best dressed team, most creative design, team spirit and most spectacular sinking.