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Drafting Class Holds Cardboard Chair Competition

Submitted by on April 25, 2011 – 11:13 amNo Comment

Students in South Florida Community College’s Drafting and Technical Drawing class participated in the annual Cardboard Chair competition on April 21.

This year’s winning team winning team, CJ’s, with students Cassandra Matthews, Sam McGee, and Juan Briseno, created an iChair to be used while playing video games. “We originally had a slightly different prototype in mind but found it didn’t work as we wanted during construction, so we had to make some modifications,” said drafting student Matthews. “It was a learning experience.”

The other participating teams were Daedalus with students Joshua Andrews, Christopher Maquivar, and Saul Cintron; and The CADS with students Curtis Jones, Amanda Cutler, Stanley Grech, and Devonte Davis.  

“The project gives students first-hand experience of how the design process works,” said Tanna Markel, professor, drafting/design. “We use cardboard because it provides a cheap and fun way for students to work on their skills.”

Each chair was required to meet certain specification. The chairs had to be constructed only out of cardboard, had to be lightweight and easy to move, had to hold at least 200 pounds, and could not cost more than $30 to make. The chairs were judged by SFCC art instructors Cathy Futral and Mollie Doctrow, Technical/Industrial Education chair Tom Bush, Counseling Department chair Judy Zemko, and student judge Cole Day.

(From left) Cassandra Matthews, Sam McGee, and Juan Briseno of CJ’s placed first with their iChair. The chair was designed to provide comfort to video gamers.


(From left) Curtis Jones, Amanda Cutler, Stanley Grech, and Devonte Davis of The CADS team built a Panther Pride chair. “We wanted to show school spirit and thought our design would work well in a college setting,” Cutler said.


Joshua Andrews, Christopher Maquivar, and Saul Cintron of team Daedalus built a throne using cardboard tubes, a pillow, and contact paper.

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