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Setting sail on a cardboard dream

Students in USC’s Iovine and Young Academy had 46 hours to build a usable boat out of cardboard, trash bags and duct tape

Just because the boat is made of cardboard doesn’t mean it won’t float.

That was one of the lessons for the students in the USC Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy “Case Studies in Innovation” course, who had 46 hours to build boats out of cardboard, trash bags and duct tape. Eight boats, holding two students each, had to successfully paddle two to four laps across the diving pool at the USC Uytengsu Aquatics Center on Feb. 4.

As part of the exercise, constantly changing instructions were tweeted by the professor during the construction period.

The winning boat was the USS Shepard.

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