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Teens prove to be seaworthy during Cardboard Boat Regatta

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BETTENDORF, Iowa -A record-setting 59 teams of teens floated and paddled their way across Middle Park Lagoon on Friday.

The eighth annual Cardboard Boat Regatta proved to be a test of engineering skills and patience for seven high schools.

"The students can be creative and innovative," said Pat Barnes, Deere & Company.  "Sometimes it works out really well, and other times it doesn't."

Designing the boats tests science, technology, engineering and math skills in school.

In this real-life application, a lot of the cardboard vessels proved to be seaworthy.

"They actually design, build and see how something really works," Barnes continued.  "We think these are great skills from a business perspective.  They learn by doing this competition.  Plus, it's fun."

This year, administrators, teachers and engineers also got into the action with their designed boats.