Sink Or Swim Final Exam


Wednesday, May 21st 2008, 4:50 pm
By: News On 6


Wednesday was final exam day for Mrs. Black's Math Forum class at Mingo Valley Christian High School.  The test sounded simple enough; build a boat of cardboard and duct tape and float across a pond in it.  She said the test was sink or swim.  But, The News On 6's Rick Wells reports it could have been called a float or flounder final.

Tim Martin and his classmates used duct tape to make their cardboard boat creations water tight.

"They had to build a boat out of cardboard and duct tape and that's all. They had to do the buoyancy calculations and all that and sail their boat across our pond," said teacher Xan Black.

The class was divided into teams.  One team member had to sail the boat.

Mitch Simmons was first in the water.  He was able to make it across.  Classmate John Matthews also made it across in an odd looking creation his team named Jaws.

Jeff Funkhouser landed in the water.  He says if he built the boat again, he would make the boat not as long and use higher sides.

You might say he had math lessons and bath lessons.

The Math Forum Regatta was such a huge success; they plan to have the second annual one next year.