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Boats have a wide range of use: from exciting us with a jet ski boat to shipping products around the world in giant cargo ships. Now students can begin to understand the science and engineering concepts that make marine transportation so viable.
By building and using a variety of boat models – rubber band powered, mousetrap powered, and a traditional boat hull – students can explore many concepts:
- Boat-hull design
- And much more!
Student materials in this guide are reproducible for distribution in your classroom. Use this guide as a supplement or use the series as the base for an engineering design course.
Equipment and materials needed to complete guide activities include Pitsco Wave Glider Kits, PondRacer Kits, Mousetrap-Powered Boat Kits, Boat Hull Design Kits, AquaTrack, foam cutter or coping saw, drill with 1/4" bit, Dremel tool or coping saw, protractor, ruler, needle-nose pliers, stopwatch, measuring tape, hobby knife, carving tools, rifflers, CA glue, spray paint, sandpaper, wood sealer, enamel-based paint or varnish, waterproof glue, and standard classroom tools and materials. Note: This list is for all activities; individual activities don’t require all listed materials.