The Florida State University (FSU) student chapter of the National Art Education Association (NAEA) held its first event, the 4th Annual WhateverFloats Your Boat Regatta (WFYB), at the FSU Coastal and Marine Laboratory on Saturday, October 3, 2015, from 12-3pm. The student NAEA chapter entered with the support of other FSU students, faculty, and staff cheering them on during the event. While there, viewers could watch the Regatta from various shoreline vantage points around the lab on either side of the boat basin. There was also plenty of good food to enjoy and loads of fun to have, all while learning about recycling and how to reduce the impact of plastics in our marine environments.
Together, the members of the NAEA student chapter constructed and decorated a boat by hand to compete in the competition. “Coming from a K-12 classroom, the Regatta was good practice for when teachers collaborate in the classroom working on projects with their students. The end result is really rewarding!” – Jennifer Hamrock, NAEA President. To get a better look at their creation, check out some of the photographs below of their construction process.
To enter the WFYB competition, a team had to create a boat from previously used materials that would normally be taken to the dump for disposal. Boats could be as artistic or as whacky as you pleased, but had to be capable of floating. All boats also had to be propelled either by poles, self-made oars, self-made paddle wheels, or sails made out of material not intended for sails, or any combination thereof. In addition, all boats had to be less than 20 feet long and have a readily visible name that appeared either on both sides of the bow or on the stern.
The prize categories ranged from First Boat to Cross the Finish Line, Most Creative Use of Materials, Titanic Award for the most spectacular failure, and People’s Choice. Unfortunately, The NAEA did not place in the competition, but the awards are as followed: