Carolina State University (NCSU)"
NC State's presentation was given by two women dressed in semi-formal attire. They began by outlining their goal to build the fastest boat on the water.
The team used cue cards but in a very professional fashion. They explained the details of the hull design and were the only team to describe some of the problems encountered during the project.
The team explained how their problems were solved. They also mentioned how innovation drives the competition and the innovations that they made as a team this year.
The team answered the questions very succinctly and had to face a barrage of them:
"Did you compute a drag coefficient during your hull design?" "Could you describe your construction technique in more detail?"
"What areas would you expect next year’s team to focus on?" "What fibers and water reducers were considered?" "What brand of concrete was used and did you consider different brands?"
"Could you comment on the addition of thwarts and how these members were integrated into the hull?"
"What safety factor was applied?" "What was the most innovative portion of your concrete canoe construction?"
The judges ended the session by asking, "What was the biggest problem encountered during construction?"
Name: Flexible Flyer
North Carolina State University, located in Raleigh, North Carolina represented the Carolinas Conference. This year marked their fifth consecutive appearance as a second place qualifier. Our records indicate that NC State also qualified for the NCCC in 1990 but we have no record of their participation there. Their tenth place finish in 2003 is the team's highest to date.
This was the lightest boat in the competition. The team's lightweight design was achieved by using two layers of graphite mesh in a 1/4" thick lightweight concrete mix. The elimination of stiffening elements simplified construction, while advanced materials maintained strength.