Splash your way into STEM!

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In order to ensure the health and safety of our community during the COVID-19 outbreak, many of our programs have gone virtual. Thank you for your understanding as we strive to keep all students safe. If you have any questions, please contact us at info@tulsastem.org.

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Boats come in all sizes, shapes, colors, and materials! Have you ever wondered how a large supertanker filled with oil can float?

Objects submerged in a fluid such as water appear to weigh less than they do when they are not in the water. The liquid exerts a buoyant force on the object. Archimedes is credited with discovering that the buoyant force on an object is equal to the weight of the displaced fluid. He is said to have discovered this principle in his bath while trying to think of a way to determine whether the king’s new crown was gold or a fake. Legend says that he ran naked through the streets shouting, “Eureka!”

Archimedes Principle also applies to floating objects. An object floats on a liquid if its density is less than that of the fluid. For our supertanker to float it must displace a volume of water equal to its weight.

Use those Amazon, cereal and pizza boxes you have laying around to build a boat that floats!

Submit your boat!
  • Students prepare to enter their boats in the 2017 Cardboard and Duct Tape Boat Regatta
  • Students pose with their replica of the U.S.S. Tulsa in the 2017 Cardboard and Duct Tape Boat Regatta
  • Student in costume paddles her boat in the 2017 Cardboard and Duct Tape Boat Regatta

Virtual Event

Join us on the TRSA Facebook page to vote for your favorite boats!





In an overabundance of caution, the Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance has decided to move the Cardboard & Duct Tape Boat Regatta to a virtual setting and invite families from all over Green Country to participate. We understand that students have worked very hard preparing their boats for this annual event, and we want to celebrate them in the safest way possible.

We will no longer host an in-person competition at Miller Swim School on March 27. Instead, participating teams will share with us a photo and a few details about their boats so that we may host a social media contest. If you wish to participate, please fill out this form by March 25.

On Friday, March 27, TRSA will post an album of all entries on our Facebook page. We’ll invite our community members to vote on their favorite boats and particularly those that stand out in creative design, historical merit, and technical construction.

We will continue to work hard to bring you the unique programs you love. Though it’s true that this event will no longer take place in the way that we intended, we continue to strive toward our mission – building broad, deep and innovative STEM pathways for all students to access high-impact careers.

Objective: To build a boat using cardboard and whatever adhesives you have on-hand.

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