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LCSD Presents Land Yacht Award Winners

Monday, June 22, 2020 -

On June 10, the Liverpool Central School District hosted its first-ever Land Yacht Regatta, a unique STEM event that allowed participants the opportunity to design and build a land yacht (within a range of specifications), and have their yacht raced against other yachts entered in the STEM competition.

Several LCSD families and staff members participated in the regatta, which was held in the LCSD District Office Board Room. Although there was no in-person participation, the district livestreamed the regatta so community members could watch the land yachts in action.

LCSD Executive Director of Curriculum for Math, Science and Technology Kasey Dolson recently announced the winners of the first-ever Land Yacht Regatta.

Overall Awards

  • First Place (tie): Magic Jet 5 by Kaitlyn, Natalie, Julie, and Nick T. from Elmcrest Elementary & Liverpool Middle; and The EC Rider by Ethan & Caleb C. from Soule Road Elementary

  • Second Place (tie): The Fast Sailor by Jamie S. from Elmcrest Elementary; and The Comet by Joey M. from Elmcrest Elementary

  • Third Place: Super Big Fast Yacht by Grant G. from Donlin Drive Elementary

Special Awards

  • Judges’ Choice: Athena’s Fortune by Orion and Mike S. from Chestnut Hill Middle

  • Most Creative Name: The Sassy Skater by Bella D. from Liverpool Elementary

  • Hottest Land Yacht: The Fire Temple by Ashlynn H. from Willow Field Elementary

  • Staff Overall Winner: Don’t Touch My Truck by LCSD Executive Director of Curriculum for Math, Science and Technology Kasey Dolson

To watch a video of the regatta competition as well as the awards ceremony, visit https://liverpool.ensemble.cnyric.org/Watch/Mb9j5ZSk

This STEM challenge was intended to be a family activity for students in grades LCSD K-12. Land yacht construction took place at home, and the finished products had to meet the following expectations:

  • The yacht’s maximum length can be no longer than 35 cm (13.75 inches).
  • The yacht’s maximum width can be no wider than 25.5 cm (10 inches). These dimensions are roughly the length and width of a men’s shoe box.
  • The height of the yacht’s deck can be no higher than 13 cm (5 inches).
  • The overall height of the yacht’s sail mast, when measured from the ground, can be no higher than 74 cm (29 inches).
  • The sail must have a length and width no larger than 21 cm by 28 cm (roughly the size of an 8.5’ by 11’ sheet of paper).

Participants are asked to contact LCSD Executive Director for Elementary Education Richard Chapman by calling 315-622-7176 or e-mailing him at rchapman@liverpool.k12.ny.us to schedule a time to pick up their yacht and awards.

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