Will It Float? Santa Rosa Student Boat-Builders Hope So

Posted: April 25, 2013  |  By: KERRY BENEFIELD [The Press Democrat]

After the calculation of how much weight the handmade pontoon-style boat would bear, Oscar Meisse suggested installing a plank between the two rows of floatation barrels — because any seafaring vessel really ought to have a snack bar.

"To hold the chips and stuff," the Comstock Middle School seventh-grader said, measuring the width of the plank that he and his shipmates envision holding chips and drinks.

Meisse and three classmates are students in the school's new "make" class and lead players developing a boat for the upcoming "Trashtastic Boatacular" paddle competition at Nagasawa Community Park in Santa Rosa next month.

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