Students build boats with milk jugs

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - Building a boat is no easy task, but that's exactly what a group of Mesa County middle and high school students had to do.

Sixteen groups of students had twenty minutes to put together a makeshift boat that would support a teammate.

Their resources were extremely limited - twenty empty milk jugs, three 8-foot pieces of wood, and ten yards of duck tape, but the challenge did not stop there.

"The competition is for the students to swim the boat across the pool, have somebody get on it, without getting in the water, without getting wet, and then swim that person back," said Rick Peterson of the M.E.S.A program.

The annual competition consisted of students from the Math, Engineering, and Science Achievement Program (M.E.S.A.). While they were challenged in this event, many of them succeeded in building boats that transported their teammates.

This is just one of numerous events that go on in the M.E.S.A. program during the school year.

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