CNY Steamboat Challenge

The 4th annual CNY Steamboat Challenge will be held at the MOST on Saturday, October 13, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Start planning now to participate in this FREE STEM competition!


Registration Deadline: October 6, 2018

2018 CNY Steamboat Flyer

Students in elementary, middle and high school work in teams of up to three to build a steamboat out of recycled materials that runs on steam created by the heat of a tea candle. On race day students bring completed boats to race on 3” of water in an inflatable raceway that measures 110” long by 6″ wide. Students are judged on the speed of their boat, the team’s presentation to judges about how they built the boat and what they learned as well as the team’s creativity and innovation in designing the boat. Top finishers race in the finals. Awards are given in three categories: Divisions I, II and III.

FREE Training Session

Making a steamboat can get a little complicated, so we are offering a FREE training session for teachers/parents/team leaders (students also welcome to join):

What: Train the Trainer Steamboat Session
When: Saturday, September 15, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Where: MOST (500 S. Franklin St., Syracuse)
Training is FREE, and breakfast will be provided. RSVP to Emily Stewart via email,, by September 13, 2018.

Notable Information:

Steamboat Specifications & Scoresheet

Do It Yourself Instructions:

YouTube Video Examples

Step-By-Step Instructions

Have questions? Contact MOST Chief Program Officer, Peter Plumley, via email.

Thank you to our sponsors:

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Reisman Foundation

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