By Camaron Abundes
MIDLAND- Ingenuity not divinity helped students walk on water Saturday morning at COM Aquatics. 150 students from eight different campuses, took part in the 10th annual hands on physics project.
"A lot of the kids have been working on their designs since the fall," Jennifer Mangum, a physics teacher at Midland Lee, said.
Students using everything from coke crates to duck tape fastened their water shoes, trying to lace up a victory.
"The shoes have to be self propelled, they can't use any motors or anything like that. Their job is to stay afloat and not let their feet come apart," said Mangum, "It's really cool to see them take what we've been learning in class to transfer it into a real world application and actually see that it works."
Jarrett Milam and his team fought tooth and nail to make it into the semifinals, finals, and then on to win the whole thing. An intricate pulley and weight system helped propel these canoe shoes to the top, but even those who fell short of winning design still will never forget what they learned.
"I'm just so excited right now I wasn't even expecting to win," said Milam.