D^3 Spring 2019

Drop Everything and Design Day was a great success this spring!

This semester, students were tasked to create sailboats that could not only stay afloat, but also maneuvered. Competitions were held to determine the fastest sailboat, the sturdiest sailboat, and the sailboat with the most precise navigation, The sailboats had to overcome several obstacles, such as withstanding heavy marbles, steering through harsh winds, and sailing on rough waves.

Here are a few interviews with the students:

When a group was asked about the design of their sailboat, they responded "we wanted it to be like a speed boat and make it aerodynamic. We put tape all over it so that it could survive the water test and keep our rubber duck dry. We also put these washers here at the back to level out the wright cause most of it was at the front."

Ryan and Jaylen named their boat "Akuma," or devil in Japanese. When asked about their sailboat-building process, they described some of their toughest moments: "we had to add this foam thing to the left side to add buoyancy so it doesn't fall over. Also, adding to this sail was really hard--we had to add thes strings to keep the sails up--but now it sometimes catches too much wind." RYan and Jaylen's boat doesn't have a propeller because it relies completely on wind power.

Aniyah, Janiya, and Kristyanna described their boat in the weight competition; "we taped it all up a lot so our duck wouldn't get wet and put styrofoam that the bottom… we put a balloon at the back so you can blow it up to make it go." Their boat was able to hold 75 washers!