This is a fun and easy investigation that will keep Kid Scientists engaged for a long time.
Ages: All ages of Kid Scientist will be able to participate in this one.
- Fill the plastic shoe box 3/4 full of water
- Use pieces of clay to build a boat. This is an important part of the investigation, before Kid Scientists can test how much weight their boat will hold, they will need a boat that floats.
- As Kid Scientists are building their boats, ask them questions about the properties of boats. Why did you boat sink? Why did that one float? What can you change?
- When Kid Scientists have a floating boat, they can add pennies one at a time. How much weight will your boat hold?
- My Kid Scientists were struggling with the clay boats when Connar said, “What about foil?” So they switched to a new boat building medium.
What did you learn about boat design?
How many pennies did your boat hold?
What are you still wondering?