October Challenge: YES! Boat Design Kit

October’s Young Engineer Series Challenge – Boat Design Kit

This month’s challenge might get you wet, but we’re looking forward to seeing how far you can go and how fast you can get there!

Challenge 1: Distance

Speed doesn’t matter for this one.  How far can you get your boat to travel? 


  • Your boat design must include at least one pontoon from your kit.
  • No more than $10 worth of additional material or parts may be used in your boat.
  • Your design must be safe (in our opinion) to operate.
  • Movement due to natural water currents will be excluded. (No, you can’t just drop it in your local river.)

Challenge 2: Speed

How quickly can your boat travel 7ft under its own power?


  • Your boat design must include at least one pontoon from your kit.
  • Your boat’s power source must be a single rubber band from your kit.
  • No more than $10 worth of additional parts or material may be used in your boat.
  • Your design must be safe (in our opinion) to operate.
  • Your boat must not exceed 1ft in length at any time during its run.
  • The boat operator may not push or assist the boat in any way during its run.
  • Helpful Tip: Your track can be any stationary body of water (pool, pond, rain gutter, etc.) that provides 8ft or more of navigable water.

Apply to Win the National Challenge!

We will include a submission form here.  Competitors will be required to provide sufficient evidence to win.

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