May 2018 – Building Boats

What do you get when you start with corks, cardboard, and a hot glue gun?   Boats, of course!   Our students worked in pairs to design a boat that would carry a cargo of two cups full of sand.   After drawing their design and creating a “parts list”, our teams constructed and tested their boats.   In the most important part of the exercise, each team analyzed the results of the test and presented their design, results, and analysis to the class.  In science, understanding why something DIDN’T work is sometime more important than succeeding in the first place!