The 2022 Great Navel Orange Race marked 25 years of a rite of passage for first-year engineering students. Testing their creativity and hand at conquering engineering challenges such as buoyancy, propulsion and trade-offs between weight and speed, students designed and built their watercrafts while abiding by a strict set of rules and a limited budget. Knights taking the Introduction to Engineering course participated in an all-day series of qualifying and elimination rounds of boat races within UCF’s iconic Reflecting Pond, all while carrying a half-pound orange across the water.
“The Great Navel Orange Race was developed to reinforce collaborative teamwork, which is an integral part of the engineering design process. Plus, the race is a fun and memorable way to end an engineering student’s first year in the college.”
First-year engineering students participated
Teams competed this year, with just under 10% of the boats successfully navigating the racecourse
Maximum amount each team could spend on parts and materials