Building with a Variety of Materials - Lesson 7 | Buoyant Boats

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The Buoyant Boats activity can also be found within the Building with a Variety of Materials - Let's Do Science Bundle. If you are interested in purchasing this activity and more, you can check out the Building with a Variety of Materials bundle here.

Ideal for grade 3, in the Buoyant Boats activity students will design and construct different kinds of small boats, exploring the science behind engineering and design.

By the end of the activity students should be able to:

  • Use a variety of materials to construct a boat
  • Use a variety of designs to construct a boat
  • Compare effectiveness of various designs and materials
  • Recognize the importance of good workmanship

Additional resources included with the activity plan:

  • Student worksheets

Additional resources required:

  • Plastic tub
  • Water
  • Pennies or any other type of coins
  • Stopwatch (preferably visible for the whole class)
  • Various construction materials