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Physics students take voyage on Lake Superior

Madeline Homstad (left) and Katie Archer pilot their boat Oct. 13 in Burlington Bay. Homstad and Archer's boat was the second fastest to complete the 50 meter course and was voted "best looking boat" by their classmates. (Photo by Lisa Hebl)1 / 6
Steven Keech (left) and Jayden Ruberg demonstrate the nautical abilities of Imperial Stormtroopers in their cardboard boat "Rogue II." Keech and Ruberg's boat was voted "best theme" by their classmates. (News-Chronicle photo by Jamey Malcomb)2 / 6
Ryan Darsow (left) and Jacob Racchi paddle their cardboard boat down the Burlington Bay shore during the annual physics boat races. (News-Chronicle photo by Jamey Malcomb)3 / 6
David Anderson (left) and Wyatt Haugen's boat "Skol" was the fastest to travel the 50 meter course down the Burlington Bay shore in the annual physics boat races Oct. 13. (News-Chronicle photo by Jamey Malcomb)4 / 6
Cody Brandt (front) and Logan Loiselle paddle the "Dark Knight" around Burlington Bay Oct. 13. (News-Chronicle photo by Jamey Malcomb)5 / 6
Aurora Johnson (left) and Alexandra Erickson row "The Reel Deal" during the physics boat races in Burlington Bay Oct. 13. (News-Chronicle photo by Jamey Malcomb)6 / 6

Two Harbors physics students tested their ingenuity and creativity against the chilly fall waters of Lake Superior in the annual physics boat regatta Oct. 13 in Burlington Bay.

Nineteen students paddled 10 cardboard boats out into Lake Superior and teacher Penny Juenemann timed how quickly each boat made its way down the shore with David Anderson and Wyatt Haugen's "Skol" taking the top spot in the 150 yard race.

The boats, all made from cardboard and differing types of adhesives, are a demonstration of Archimedes' Principle, which deals with buoyancy the forces that act on a boat. Each year on the first day of school, students are assigned the project and use Archimedes' Principle to construct and calculate the waterline on their boats, which they paint along the hulls.

To add a little fun and creativity to the project, students are asked to create a theme and name their vessels and dress appropriately to the theme for their voyage.

Katie Archer and Madeline Homstad's boat, "The Butt," was the second fastest boat and was named "best looking boat."

Jayden Ruberg and Steven Keech's Star Wars-themed "Rogue II" was voted "best theme" by the class.