Kids Recycled Raft Race

Sat June 24th 2017 @ 4PM

The Kids Recycled Raft Race

When: Saturday June 24 th @ 4:00pm

Where: Union Reservoir Longmont Colorado

What is it?

Full day of activities for the Longmont Kinetic Sculpture Race.  Kids Recycled Raft Race (KRRR). This is an activity for kids 8-15 years olds to get creative, and use the STEM skills.   Make a raft out of recyclable products, and race peers in Union Reservoir.

Goal:

  • Make a craft out of cardboard or recyclable materials that can be raced against other teams for prizes and fun.
  • 8-11 year olds
  • This race will be an out and back in the swim beach.
  • Distance is approximately 40-50 yards.
  • 12-15 year olds
  • Distance is approximately 80-100 yards.           

Rules for Participation in the Kids Recycled Raft Race

Building Materials and Boat Construction:

  • Recyclable materials should make up 100% of the hull and structure of the recycled raft. A recyclable material is defined as any material that can go in a mixed recycling bin (ex: cardboard, cans, bottles, plastics). No wood, Styrofoam, recyclable steel, PVC, or rubber materials.
  • Any containers from toxic/hazardous materials may not be used.
  • Duct tape is the only material that can be used for joining or fastening raft parts (no glues, caulk, epoxy mixtures, etc.)
  • Pre-treated cardboard is allowed. Otherwise the cardboard cannot be treated with any other waterproofing substance other than duct tape!
  • Be creative with finding supplies and cardboard. Cardboard does come in blocks and tubes, not just boxes!
  • Use the duct tape well. If you have corrugated cardboard, you’ll want to seal the edges with the tape, otherwise your cardboard will start siphoning water into your boat.
  • Have a goal when designing your recycled raft! Will yours be the fastest?
  • The most creative? Best theme? Will you take home the coveted Titanic?
  • The materials that can be used are listed on the Longmont City Receycling Page https://www.longmontcolorado.gov/home/showdocument?id=17327

Awards will be provided for finishing time as well as creativity!

  • Believe it or not, physics is important! A box that is 1ft x 1ft x 3ft will float you if you’re less than 190 lbs (but just that probably won’t win very many prizes).
  • A long boat will usually be quicker, but a shorter boat will generally turn faster. Your recycled raft will have do both! Try to aim for 8-12ft, although there is no set min or max size.
  • Consider how boats and rafts throughout history have worked and go from there. Some possible recycled raft designs are included below!
  • Make a model before starting – cut up and tape some cardstock or a file folder to get an idea of how your recycled raft will work
  • Paint must be cured before the day of the event. Paint is meant to be decorative in nature and should not be intended for waterproofing.
  • Try to reinforce the areas where your teammates will sit/stand/kneel. While it might be funny, you probably don’t want to lose your power paddler through the boat’s bottom. Multiple layers of cardboard can add crucial support.
  • All raft debris must be removed from the water after the race.

Theme:

  • Boat themes, decorations, and team costumes are encouraged!! Have fun out there!!
  • Be creative and have fun! Costumes and imaginative designs are highly encouraged!
  • Recognition and awards for themes and decoration will be awarded! Be creative, and don’t forget to make it fun.

Propulsion:

  • Boats must be person powered – paddles and oars work best (these don’t have to be cardboard). No electric, gasoline, or rocket engines allowed.
  • This is not a swimming challenge so all body parts should be in the boat.
  • You are responsible to provide your own paddles. These will not be provided the day of the event.
  • No “crew areas” of the boat can be enclosed.
  • Crew must remain in the boat while racing. Sorry, no chariot style rafts with your little siblings towing in the front!

General Information:

  • All participants will have to pay the Kinetics entrance fee (????per car) to enter the reservoir.
  • Registration for the KRRR….. will be $10 per team payable the day of the event during check-in.
  • All crewmembers MUST wear a PFD (personal floatation device) at all times during the race. These will not be provided at the race, you need to bring your own.
  • Lifeguards will be on duty to monitor the participants.
  • Engaging in piracy is strictly against the rules. Even if you’re dressed the part.
  • Team check in will be between 1:30-3:30 pm on race day.
  • Teams will complete a team biography and have their boat inspected at this time.
  • All forms and waivers must be completed no later than 3:30 pm on race day in order to participate.
  • Your boat’s crew can have between 1-3 people, ages 8 -15 only. Parents and older friends can help build your recycled raft, but it’s up to you to pilot it!
  • If you have crew members from both age groups you will move to the 12-15 year old race.
  • Judges have the final authority on the rules!
  • In the spirit of the event, teams will be judged on costumes, theme, engineering, design, and finish time.

This is a fun, relaxed event. Practice good sportsmanship and enjoy yourselves. No name calling, trash talking, or dumping water in other boats.

Registration ($10 per Team) and waivers will be available starting at 2PM on Sat June 24th. Union Reservoir, Swim Beach (Registration Tent).

Please have a signed waiver for all participants.  The waiver needs to be signed by a parent or guardian, not a sponsor.  If a family has more than one participant on a craft they can sign one waiver with multiple family members listed on the same waiver. 

 

ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST HAVE A WAIVER, IF THEY DO NOT HAVE ONE THEY CAN NOT PARTICIPATE.

Waivers will be available for family members to sign the day of the race at the registration boot. 

 

Questions: e-mail sjmeade@gmail.com