Door County Maritime Museum (DCMM) wants you to bring Door County’s maritime history and technology to life, even during this time of quarantine, and build boats for the new online competition, the “Float Your Boat Challenge!” This program is a stand-in for the Cardboard Regatta competition the Museum launched in May 2019 for Door County middle school students. Cardboard Regatta teaches students engineering, problem-solving and teamwork. DCMM educational programs emphasize the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math (STEAM) in the area’s rich maritime economy.

Ms. Meacham’s STEAM (Science, Technology Engineering, Art, and Math) class at Southern Door School put together a fantastic compilation of videos showcasing the boats they built for the DCMM “Float Your Boat Challenge!” competition.

Follow these FYBC Rules and Guidelines (or keep scrolling), and post your pictures/videos with #dcmaritime to Facebook and Instagram.

 In partnership with the Peninsula Pulse newspaper, DCMM is launching the “Float Your Boat!” paper and cardboard boat-building challenge. We are asking students and anyone else who is interested to create, float, and share their boats with us online, using #dcmaritime.

Anyone who wants to be part of the “Float Your Boat Challenge” has 6 days to create, float and submit their creations online. All video and picture entries must be posted online to Facebook or Instagram with #dcmaritime by Wednesday, May 20. The “Float Your Boat Challenge!” results will be posted on the Pulse and DCMM Facebook pages and Instagram on Friday, May 22 – National Maritime Day.

There are 3 categories of boats for your crew to try to build:

  1. Newspaper: Use only newspaper to fold into a boat-like shape that will float in your kitchen sink – no tape or glue; Example design tutorial videos:
    1. Click for Easy
    2. Click for Intermediate
    3. Click for Advanced

2. Cardboard: This is a floating and weighted challenge. Use cardboard, adhesives like paper glue or tape, and create a boat-like shape that will float, and test how many pennies it can hold and still float; Click HERE to watch example design video.

3. Freeform: Use a combination of newspaper, cardboard, and adhesives to create a floating vessel. Then add pennies to see how much weight it will hold and still float. Creativity is key to this challenge – use boat types like schooners, pontoons or amphiboats for inspiration!

Hold sea trials in your kitchen sink. Take pictures or video of your boats floating, timing the float and adding weights until they sink. Then post your video/photos with #dcmaritime to enter the “Float Your Boat Challenge!” (Under 18? Please get parents’ permission to post video/photos if you’re in them.) Fun additional activity: Creeks in Door County are full of water right now, and following your boat down a creek is a lot of fun! (These also make fun videos!)

“Float Your Boat Challenge!” entries will be posted on DCMM’s Facebook and Instagram, and the most interesting entries will be published by the Peninsula Pulse and in the daily Pulse Picks e-news. Be sure to use #dcmaritime by May 20 so we can see your entry.

To ask questions, message Door County Maritime Museum on Facebook or Instagram, or email