Cardboard Boat Race is one of the most exciting and anticipated events of the year.  Given only a few sheets of cardboard, a cutting tool and some tape, students work in groups of 4 to construct boats that will hold for both a timed race and a weight challenge. 

50 teams of students compete in two divisions: Senior (grades 10-12) and Junior (grades 7-9). In addition to points for speed in the timed race and time afloat during the weight test, teams are evaluated on their design, construction quality, teamwork, and visual appeal.

Date: November 16, 2023
Time: 9:00am-3:00pm (please note: school are expected to stay at the event until the end – schools that leave early will not be allowed to participate next year)
Location: University of Lethbridge

The 2023 Cardboard Boat Race is now FULL!

Registration links: 

Waitlist registration link – Now open! (all waitlist spots will be issued by no later than October 12)


9:00-9:30 - Arrival and check-in at PE250
9:30-9:45 - Announcements and instructions
9:45-9:55 - Move to track
10:00-11:30 - Boat construction
11:35-12:20 - Move off track with boats; lunch 
12:20-12:30 - Review of rules
12:30-2:00 - Races and weight challenge
2:00-2:15 - Judging and evaluation
2:15 - Awards presentation and wrap up

Parking Information

Parking information will be sent to registering teacher prior to the event.

2017 Cardboard Boat Race Success

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