Event: 2017 CNY Steamboat Challenge: 

  • 9am - 12pm, Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 at the MOST

Training (tentative): 2017 CNY Steamboat Challenge: 

  • 11am - 12pm, Saturday, Sep. 16, 2017 at the MOST

Outreach (tentative): CNY Steamboat Challenge at STEAM Exhibit at The Great New York State Fair 

  • 10am - 10pm, Friday, Sep. 1, 2017 at the Fair Ground
(More details to come)

2016 CNY Steamboat Challenge is organized by the Central New York Chapter of ASHRAE and sponsored by the MOST and OBG. Support is provided by Lockheed Martin, NASA, Syracuse University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Technology Alliance of Central New York (TACNY), and Carrier.

Please join us to congratulate our 2016 CNY Steamboat Challenge winners!

JUNIOR Division:

  • First Place: Lacie Head, an eighth-grader from Brookfield Central Schools, with her boat, LH8; race time of 42 seconds;
  • Second Place: Joshua Koshy, an eighth-grader from Faith Heritage School, with his boat, Speedy1; race time of 44 seconds;
  • Third Place: Austin Owen, an eighth-grader from Brookfield Central Schools, with his boat AO8; race time of 54 seconds.

SENIOR Division:

  • First Place and Admiral's Trophy Winner: Youanis Garcia, a junior, and Lalita Dahal, a sophomore, both attending the Syracuse Academy of Science, with their boat Lil' Richard; race time of 31 seconds;
  • Second Place: Phuong Nguyen, a senior at Institute of Technology at Central in the Syracuse City School District, with his boat The Murphy; race time of 38 seconds;
  • Third Place: Trang Nguyen, a junior at Corcoran High School, with his boat TN11; race time of 48 seconds.

The final results can also be found in "Small Madison County school dominates in CNY Steamboat Challenge" on Syracuse.com and CNY Steamboat Challenge 2016 Results on MOST website.

Please visit ASHRAE Central New York Chapter Facebook page for complete photo album of 2016 CNY Steamboat Challenge.


Can’t wait to show off the awesome steamboat your team is working on? Upload pictures and videos onto social media using #CNYSTEM

Don’t forget to like the ASHRAE Central New York Chapter on Facebook while you’re at it!  We’ll be uploading professional photographs of the CNY Steamboat Challenge onto our Facebook page after the event.  

Central New York students in grades 4 through 12 are invited to participate in the Central New York Steamboat Challenge. This second annual event is organized by ASHRAE and sponsored by OBG and the MOST.

Students must register by Sunday, October 9, 2016. Please refer to "Everything You Need to Know about Steamboat Challenge" for steamboat DIY requirements, race rules, etc.

Making a steamboat can get a little complicated, so ASHRAE and the MOST are offering a workshop for students, parents, and teachers from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at the MOST. This introduction won’t include hands-on building time, but participants can learn about the process and take information to help them build a boat at home.

On the day of the event, ASHRAE and the Technology Alliance of Central New York (TACNY) are joining forces to add an educational component.

  • Doors will open at 9 a.m. for CNY Steamboat Challenge registration.
  • From 9:30 to 10:45 a.m., TACNY Junior CafĂ© Scientifique will feature two speakers who will lead a discussion of fluid dynamics and how that affects steamboats.
  • Steamboat Challenge will get under way at 11 a.m.
  • Lunch will be served at 1 p.m.
  • Awards ceremony is slated for 1:30 p.m.

Financial sponsors include ASHRAE CNY Chapter, Lockheed Martin, OBG, and NASA. Syracuse University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science, the TACNY, and Carrier are providing volunteers to work at the event.

Please contact CL (Chonghui.Liu@obg.com), CNY Steamboat Challenge Committee Chair, or Leila (Leila.Karkia@obg.com) with any questions.

2015 CNY Steamboat Challenge:

I would like to thank you for all families and friends who participated in the ASHRAE Central New York Chapter 1st Annual Steamboat Challenge and STEM Day last Saturday! It was great to see almost 200 participants joined us for this STEM-focused fun competition!

We especially wan to congratulate the following Steamboat Challengers -- 2015 CNY Steamboat Challenge Winnters: 

1st Place Junior Captain Award & Steamboat Challenge Final Winner: 

Steamboat name: Boat 11

Team member(s): Caleb Brazeau, Celine Brazeau

Grade(s): 6

School(s): Home

2nd Place Junior Captain Award:

Steamboat name: Freddy

Team member(s): Megan Kingsley, Emily Jenner

Grade(s): 6, 7

School(s): Chittenango Middle School

3rd Place Junior Captain Award:

Steamboat name: The S.S. Durgee

Team member(s): Hannah Johnson, Reilly Holtman

Grade(s): 8

School(s): Durgee Junior School

1st Place Senior Captain Award:

Steamboat name: Adawn

Team member(s): Taquan Miller

Grade(s): 11

School(s): Institute of Technology at Central (ITC)

2nd Place Senior Captain Award:

Steamboat name: Zau Yon

Team member(s): Zau Nhkum

Grade(s): 11

School(s): Institute of Technology at Central (ITC)

3rd Place Senior Captain Award: Team 115, Keegan F.

Steamboat name: Boat 115

Team member(s): Keegan Foster

Grade(s): 11

School(s): Institute of Technology at Central (ITC)

All Challengers did a great job in DIYing their own steamboats, racing in this competition, and presenting to our judges! We hope all Challengers had a good time and learned some STEM principles through this event, and we look forward to another Challenge next year! Some photos of the event can be found at ASHRAE CNY Chapter Facebook page: www.facebook.com/ASHRAECNY/

Chonghui Liu (CL)CNY Steamboat Challenge Committee Chair

2015 Steamboat Challenge Program:

Purpose: ASHRAE CNY Chapter collaborates with local schools and community organizations to motivate and encourage youth to pursue Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education and careers by demonstrating innovative applications of STEM principles.

Accomplishment: The Steamboat Challenge program to date has reached 25+ schools across the CNY area including high-needs schools and has provided 400+ students & educators with opportunities to participate in STEM-focused hands-on learning activities.

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