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There are silly uses for duct tape, then there’s what more than 100 high school students from Houston, San Antonio and Victoria are doing.

Okay, it’s still silly, but there is learning involved.

“I feel like students really need to get their hands on a project to understand the lessons they’re learning in class,” said Dawnelle Price-Parks, Program Manager for Houston Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation.

The students are built their own boats out of only cardboard and duct tape.

It’s to “test their physics lessons about buoyancy, water displacement and see if they have a craft that will float,” said Prince-Parks.

They tested their skills Saturday in the third annual Boat Ragatta at the University of Houston natatorium.

Goal number one was to not sink. Number two was to make it the entire 50 meters. Number three was to be the first to make it across.

First place took home $600 (and bragging rights, of course).

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