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Thoreau students paddle their way through physics project

Everything the seventh graders from Thoreau Demonstration Academy worked for in the past two weeks came down to one day at a pool at Memorial High School. (KTUL)

Everything the seventh graders from Thoreau Demonstration Academy worked for in the past two weeks came down to one day at a pool at Memorial High School.

It was the last race of the day. Two teams of two. Boys against girls, and the winner would take home the victory.

But it all started in the classroom.

"They start by learning about center of gravity, Archimedes principle, center of buoyancy," said Valerie Naiman with the Academy.

It's all part of their physics class project. Students work in teams to build the fastest boat of them all.

"And they build the boats completely out of cardboard, duct tape and clear packaging tape," said Naiman.

Pretty intense, said teammates Jamie Slimp and Victoria Abad.

"Because we didn't know if it would make it or not," said Slimp.

But that intensity is what ended up bringing the friends even closer together.

All for one goal, to beat the boys.

"Let's do this. Let's beat their butts," said Slimp.

"Actually being in the boat was the most fun for me," said seventh-grader Matthew Lewis.

Lewis and Xander Tewis said the key is working well under pressure.

"We only had a few days to do it, And it was hard for us to keep the fins straight the whole time," said Lewis.

Winners and losers agree, the whole thing was pretty fun.

As for the winners.

Slimp and Abad did end up beating the boys, and everyone else who stood in their way.

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