Making a splash

Making a Splash: Texas Tech Helps Kids Think Outside Box

The challenge required middle schoolers to build and race boats made of cardboard and duct tape.

Once the splashing settled and the times were tallied, a group of boys from O.L. Slaton Middle School and their ship, the “U.S.S. Triangles,” emerged victorious with a time of 59 seconds Friday (June 13) during the third and final heat of the first TTU/LISD Middle School Challenge.

The crowd cheered wildly as 28 Lubbock Independent School District (LISD) middle schoolers launched their seven ships made of cardboard and duct tape into the clear blue waters of the Pete Ragus Aquatic Center pool in a bid for supremacy of the seas and a year’s possession of the silver Dwyer Cup in the school’s trophy case.

With help from their teachers and Texas Tech University graduate and mathematics undergraduates, students spent the week building boat models and completing challenges that focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) before culminating in the cardboard boat challenge.