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Ronkonkoma Middle School eighth-grade students enrolled in Anthony Carbonaro and Alma Campanelli’s math, science and technology courses tested their creativity and engineering skills during a recent regatta boat race on Jan. 25 at Connetquot High School.

As part of a lesson on buoyancy, the young engineers spent weeks using scientific calculations to design and construct boats out of cardboard and duct tape in hopes of crossing the high school pool.  Although some students chose to commandeer their boats in an individual fashion, they all worked in teams when creating their boats in class. 

Despite the fact that not every boat was able to stay afloat during the race,  the students enjoyed cheering one another to see which boat would make it across.