How to Get Involved

Get Involved!

The Rose Float team is currently preparing to start construction of the 2024 float and we invite you to learn more about the process and who we are on Saturday, May 6! Cal Poly Rose Float will be hosting FLOAT101, An introduction to the process of building floats. Come on down to our Lab and learn how to weld, decorate, shape, and more! Work with our Design, Decorations, Construction, and Operations departments to find out what it takes to build a float and how YOU can get involved! Come on down to our Lab (Building 50L) on Saturday, May 6 at 10 a.m.! Lunch will be provided!


Keep the tradition alive by being a Cal Poly Rose Float donor! Material and financial donations from businesses, alumni, family, and supporters allow this student-built float to compete with professionally built floats at a fraction of the budget.

Rose Float is currently seeking the following material donations:


  • Steel box tubes: 1×1, 2×2, 2×3, 2×4, 3×3, 4×4
  • Angle iron
  • Angle grinders
  • Plate steel
  • Steel pencil rod
  • Shielded metal arc welding (SMAW) electrodes: 6013, 7018
  • Cutoff and grinding wheels
  • Carving foam
  • Meals for 60+ volunteers during fall quarter
  • Meals for 100+ volunteers during Deco Week
  • Paint
  • Office projector
  • Aluminum screen
  • Plywood or oriented strand board (OSB)
  • Spices and seeds
  • Permanent markers
photo of a cal poly student with flowers for the cal poly rose float

Make a Gift

Gifts to support the general operation of the Cal Poly Rose Float program can be made online through Cal Poly Giving. To specify your gift to Rose Float please indicate “Cal Poly Rose Float” in the “Other” category.

Associated Students, Inc. is a 501c3 non-profit corporation, all gifts are tax deductible.


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Student Involvement

Students of all majors and levels of experience are encouraged to get involved. Volunteers are needed year-round to help build, design, and decorate the float.


  • Sculpting
  • Hydraulics
  • Marketing
  • Engine work
  • Event planning
  • Artistic design
  • Welding
  • Business
  • Construction
  • Cooking
  • Agriculture
  • Decorations
  • Horticulture
  • Architecture
  • Electronics
student painting the cal poly rose float

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Contact Information


Rose Float Lab


Coordinator — Rose Float