It was a hands on skills day for Grade 7 and 8 students.
The annual Skills Ontario Cardboard Boat Races competition took place today at the Quinte Sports and Wellness Centre.
Emily Collard, Skills Ontario Liaison Program Manager explains what the kids are doing.
The students are judged on quality of construction, planning and design, safety and cleanliness, teamwork and team spirit, visual appeal, and essential skills knowledge.
There was also a speed and a weight challenge.
Collard says the record weight one of these boats has held is quite impressive.
This competition involves students from four area school boards, Hastings Prince Edward District School Board schools involved include two teams from Harry J. Clarke Public School, two teams from Prince Charles Public School (Trenton) and one team from Susanna Moodie Elementary School.
More than a dozen recipients of Loyalist College’s W. Garfield Weston Foundation Fellowship were on deck to participate in and judge the second annual Skills Ontario Cardboard Boat Races hosted in Belleville.
The cardboard boat races draw over 1,800 competitors in 14 cities from 250 schools in Ontario.
Winners at each race qualify to compete against youth across Ontario in the Cardboard Boat Race Championships in Waterloo in March.