Swimming pool as physics classroom (with photos)

By Erika Mahoney

March 9, 2013 Updated Mar 9, 2013 at 3:37 PM EDT

Town of Fenton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A chilly night is the perfect time for a swim indoors. But the students who stayed dry Friday at Chenango Valley High were the real winners.

Friday marked the annual Chenango Valley Middle School Cardboard Boat Race. And, as in years past, there were students who left dry, and others whose suits -- and creations -- were all wet.

The students -- 7th and 8th graders -- used only cardboard and duct tape to construct their boats. The goal is two laps without sinking, a feat accomplished by more than a few teams.

"The kids have been preparing for about three weeks now for the Great Cardboard Race," said middle school science teacher Deidra Bigelow, "And they're very excited. We've been talking about buoyancy and floating and sinking in science class."

Between 75 and 100 students -- who were responsible for nearly 30 cardboard boats -- entered the high school's pool for a physics lesson they're lot likely to forget any time soon.

"Well, I thought we were going to make it, but we leaned and we fell," admitted eighth-grader Regan Woodruff.

Chace Snyder, a seventh-grader, couldn't hold back his excitement -- and admitted surprise -- when his boat made the trek.

"When you are going there and back you feel like you are going to flip," Snyder said. "But when we got down there, we just turned around and went back. And we made it."

Others had lower expectations.

"We were very happy," said seventh-grader Hanna Grunder. "We named it 'Titanic 2' because we thought it was going to sink, but it didn't."

After the pool challenge, the district celebrated its annual community event, which raises money for Chenango Valley High School's SADD program -- or Students Agaisnt Destructive Decisions -- and their Post-Prom party.