Sink or Float? The Annual Penguin Regatta

Penguin Regatta Awards
Students gathering in the gymnasium.

Each year, area schools gather in Beeghly Center to see who will sink and who will float. The annual Penguin Regatta, held on Tuesday, May 14th, 2013 was a day of learning, building, and celebrating area high school students, our future STEMians.

The morning started off with the students in the gymnasium for a planning session and boat building. The boats have to be constructed out of cardboard, duct tape, waterproofing substances, and plastic sheeting. The boat must have a bow, stern, and hull.

The Penguin Regatta is made up of a series of competitions including Showboat Design, Showboat Race, The Greatest Weight Afloat, Follow-The-Dotted-Line, and the technical journal. The teams must also present their boats in an oral competition.

The Penguin Regatta has several goals in mind for the students. One is for the students to have an increased knowledge of STEM, while encouraging the students to work together with critical thinking and problem solving skills.

“[W]alking into YSU that morning, we were all pretty nervous.” Julie Farley, now a Struthers High School graduate, says, “…even though at the beginning I didn’t want to do [the Penguin Regatta], I’m glad I got the opportunity to go. It was actually a lot of fun!”

This year there were participating teams from Chaney STEM, Choffin Career and Technical Center (Team 1 and Team 2), Springfield Local High School, Struthers High School (Team 1 and Team 2), University Project Learning Center, and West Branch High School (Team 1 and Team 2).

While all the students had fun cheering on their schools, Springfield Local High School came out on top, winning three of the six competitions. They placed first in the team presentations, the technical journal, and the Greatest Weight Afloat. Coming first in the Showboat Design competition was Chaney STEM. Struthers High School Team 1 won the Showboat Race. West Branch High School Team 1 won first place in the Follow-The-Dotted-Line Competition.

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A student being congratulated.

Showboat Design

  • 1st Chaney STEM
  • 2nd Springfield Local
  • 3rd Choffin Team 2

Showboat Race

  • 1st Struthers Team 1
  • 2nd Struthers Team 2
  • 3rd Choffin Team 1 

Technical Journal

  • 1st Springfield Local
  • 2nd Struthers Team 2
  • 3rd Struthers Team 1

Team Oral Presentations

  • 1st Springfield Local
  • 2nd West Branch Team 2
  • 3rd Struthers Team 1

Follow-The-Dotted-Line

  • 1st West Branch Team 1
  • 2nd Struthers Team 2
  • 3rd Struthers Team 1

Greatest Weight Afloat

  • 1st Springfield Local
  • 2nd West Branch Team 2
  • 3rd Struthers