PCHS Holds Third Annual Regatta
Paden City High School held its Third Annual Matthew Barker Memorial Cardboard Boat Regatta on Friday, Sept. 23. Students from Art Teacher Matt Kinnard’s class made cardboard boats out of cardboard, duct tape, andpaint. However, Mr. Kinnard noted, the students incorporated all school subjects into the project, including science, math, and writing. Each group had to collaborate on the design of the boat while looking at historical boats from various cultures such as the early Viking ships to modern kayaks and the Native American influences. The students were also given a scale and formula to use that apply the laws of physics and math in determining the buoyance of the boat as well size necessary to hold 2 people. All of subjects get covered on some level as the students work to document and complete the boats.
Several years ago, the late Matt Barker was the first of Kinnard’s students to make a boat and have it float on the Ohio River and take on the challenge of applying the other subjects to his project. For three years now students have held the regatta in memory of Barker who was taken too early in life. The boat race is another way to help fund the Matthew Barker Scholarship as the school takes donations from the students in exchange for attending the regatta.
This year, for the first time, Magnolia High School students attended the regatta, as well as participated. This type of collaboration between schools as well as curriculum is known worldwide as STEM, a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines-science, technology, engineering and mathematics – in an interdisciplinary and applied approach. Mr. Kinnard has made some of these part of the art curriculum, as many of the great masters like Leonardo Da Vinci did. Their art covered much more than painting and drawing.
A total of 11 boats participated. The winners of the regatta were “A Slice O’ Pie” pizza boat, created by Breiona Henthorn, Savannah Price, Caitlin Stewart, Cora Anderson, Chelsea Baker, and Brianne Goddard. Second place went to the “Marvel Comic Superhero” boat, created by Abby Stackpole, Destiny Harrison, and Cameron Dennis.
Tyler County Sheriff’s Office was present for precautionary reasons, though thankfully there were no issues.