Students Highlight Engineering Skills in First-Ever Cardboard Boat Regatta


School News

April 1, 2019

Canton Repository, March 31: Cardboard Boats Put to Use by Walsh Students

The Walsh University Pre-Engineering Student Club hosted its first-ever Cardboard Boat Regatta on Sunday, March 31, at the North Canton YMCA pool. 

Organized by Walsh students, approximately 20 students participed in six teams to design and sail a boat made of cardboard and duct tape that can hold 1-2 people. The team of sophmores Zac Baur and Jarrett Zwick were awarded first place in a close victory of the boat captained by sophmore Jared Sartori. 

Members of Walsh University’s first engineering-intended class organized the Pre-Engineering Club in spring 2018.  Members include engineering students, STEM and non-engineering students with the goal to host events that will foster collaboration across majors. Past activities have included a paper airplane competition, the redesign and installation of an indoor golf net at the First Tee practice range in Canton, and field trips to NASA and The University of Dayton.

"By participating in the Regatta, we hope people will practice and hone their creative thinking skills, as cardboard is not your typical boat-building material," said sophomore Pre-Engineering Club President and Founder Olivia Schmelzer. "We also want to encourage collaboration so that all students will feel welcome to question and participate in engineering or STEM related activities on campus. We hope to make this an annual fun event for everyone."

Walsh University has collaborated with the University of Dayton (UD) to offer a joint accelerated 3 + 2 BS/MS degree program for students interested in pursuing careers in Engineering. Through the program, students can earn their bachelor's degree from Walsh University while also working toward their master's degree in Engineering from the University of Dayton. Both degrees can be completed in just five years, rather than the average of six years to earn an undergraduate degree (four years) and master’s degree (two years), saving students both time and money. For more information, visit