LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Float or Fail.

The 16th annual Cardboard Boat Regatta for Jeffersontown High School students was a test to see if cardboard boats will float. Students spent more than a month on research, design and construction. They are allowed to use just a few sheets of cardboard and a small amount of duct tape -- but don't discount the creativity. One was taped to look like a pencil.

Boats are tested by time, distance and weight trials.

"They've got to go through the whole design process together as a team, so it's a lot of teamwork," said Jason Stepp, a Jeffersontown High School tech teacher. "They're using a whole lot of real world job skills yeah, but they are having fun doing it so they don't really realize they're getting these job skills as they're doing it."

For the second time, middle schoolers are taking part
too. It
's an effort to connect young students to the engineering profession from middle school all the way to college.

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