Students are challenged to create boats with three different products, foil, craft sticks and clay that will float in water and likely SINK when the load stress of pennies is added. Of vital importance as with any lesson is planning. Teachers must familiarize themselves with the three design challenges completely before embarking.
After introduction, students were task with writing a question with a hypothesis of what type of boat would hold the most pennies before sinking. Carolina has included grading rubrics, warm up activities and design challenge worksheets to accompany. Extension activities of reading and writing could be easily included in the activities to create an entire unit memorable to students.
It became apparent that students MUST be reminded of time limitations because they want to create elaborate boats! Our little engineers created sleek simple structures and some that we weren’t quite sure would make it through the first phase of simply floating without any stress.
We completed a different design challenge with the various materials each day. Students were very excited, conducting experiments at home each evening trying to build the vessel that would hold the most pennies. The excitement of our unit extended to brothers and sisters. We’re contemplating a school wide competition!
Ordering the Carolina STEM Challenge Boats and Buoyancy Kit ensures that every experiment conducted contains the exact same products guaranteeing results that can be graphed and graded on the same scale.
Are you ready to conduct your own Boats and Buoyancy experiments?
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