Buoyant Boats


  • Aug 22 2010 4:38 PM

    Wendy Marsters

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The purpose of this Science NetLinks lesson is to design and construct a boat that takes into account factors such as buoyancy, the properties of materials, and design constraints. In this lesson, students design and construct a boat out of aluminum foil and a few other simple materials. The boats are then tested by floating them in a pool or sink and by adding mass until they sink. While students may not be able to articulate it, they intuitively begin to understand the scientific laws required for the design of the boat, including buoyancy and Archimedes Principle. They also explore shapes of boats and construction techniques that may work for the boats. Less

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    Topics and Grades

    Grade: 3 to 5

    Topics: Science, Chemistry, Engineering & Design, Earth & Space Science