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Students build cardboard boats at Univ. of Alabama engineering camp

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TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) -

Students from all 50 states converged on the University of Alabama for Student Introduction to Engineering Camp (SITE) this week.

Their project for today was to make a "boat" out of cardboard, tape and plastic bags.

"It's like a puzzle. Without one piece it won't work," KeAndrae Smith said.

Smith feels confident on land but one never knows what will happen in the water. His team had a nice start but their craft started taking on water.

Megan Friend's team took to the water next, looking confident. But after they make the corner on the lazy river, their trip is over.

"It was really fun! I mean even though it didn't really work that well. Building it and everything. In the end we just wanted to have a fun ride," Friend said.

Will Stowe jumped into his cardboard boat, which he says wasn't the best way to start things off.

"It actually would have mattered if I didn't jump in because when I did the bottom of our bottom cracked open and fell," Stowe said.

Marcus Ashford, an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering heads the SITE camp.

"The physics behind, the buoyancy is not that difficult. Stability is a little more difficult. But the main thing they get is the experience," Ashford said.

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