Scenes from Lowell: 6th Annual Red Arrow Robotics Raft Race Edition

The Red Arrow Robotics team spends most of the year building robots for competition. However, each summer, members gather at Stoney Lakeside Park to showcase different creations. The group holds an annual raft race in which they take to the water in boats made entirely of cardboard and duct tape.

Coach Chad Philo says it’s a chance for the team to get out and have fun together during the summer. And as these photos show, there was plenty of fun to be had during the 6th annual race held this past Saturday.

The raft race included one-person, two-person and three-person heats. Since the boats were made of cardboard and tape, some entries took a realistic view of their chances of staying afloat.

Things started out well for some entries…

 

…and ended a bit wet for others. However, even if their boats weren’t seaworthy, it didn’t stop participants from smiling.

Not everyone sank though.

Here’s Trevor Stewart who won the one-person race with his kayak-styled boat.

 

Of course, the coaches needed to show everyone how it was done.

They built a massive boat that left the competition floundering in its wake.

Win or lose, it proved to be a fun day on the lake for the whole family.

 

 

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