ST. JOHN’S, N.L.
Twelve teams representing 11 schools participated in the Marine Institute’s seventh annual model boat race on Saturday, Dec. 3.
Riverside Elementary was one of those 12 teams, and their involvement this year marks the first time an elementary school has entered the competition.
The Grade 6 team from Riverside fared well against their high school competitors, placing sixth fastest and winning an award for the most innovative design.
“They showed determination, resiliency and sportsmanship and thus represented our school very well,” said Riverside Elementary teacher and robotics coach Chad Spurrell. “They also had to overcome some challenges throughout the day as the rudder broke off twice and they had to make repairs in-between races.”
Last year Riverside students also entered a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) competition aimed at junior high school students.
Clarenville High and Heritage Collegiate in Lethbridge also competed.
Each team of students had to design and build their own model boat to race head-to head in the flume tank for title of fastest boat.
Teams also had to navigate their boats through an obstacle course.
Following are the results from race day:
Overall winner - Clarenville High
Super Skipper award - David Dalton, Fatima Academy Team 2, St. Bride’s
Most innovative design - Riverside Elementary, Clarenville
Best poster and design booklet – Fatima Academy Team 1, St. Bride’s
Most aesthetically pleasing boat - Roncalli Central High, Avondale
Team spirit- Ascension Collegiate, Bay Roberts
Fastest boat – Clarenville High
Most maneuverable boat – Clarenville High
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