CNY Steamboat Challenge

2018 CNY Steamboat Flyer

The 4th Annual CNY Steamboat Challenge was held at the MOST on Saturday, October 13, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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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 2019 Training Session TBD

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

What: Train the Trainer Steamboat Session
When: 2019 Date TBD
Where: MOST (500 S. Franklin St., Syracuse)

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.


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