Aluminum Foil Boat Challenge

Aluminum Foil Boat Challenge
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Challenge your students to design and build an aluminum foil boat that holds the most mass! Your students will absolutely love competing with one another as they learn about engineering and buoyancy. All you need is aluminum foil, a bucket with water and some way to test to see how much mass the boats hold. Some ideas include: count the number of pennies or place small objects inside the boat until it sinks and then weigh them using a scale.

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Analyze data from tests to determine similarities and differences among several design solutions to identify the best characteristics of each that can be combined into a new solution to better meet the criteria for success.
Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions.
Develop a model to generate data for iterative testing and modification of a proposed object, tool, or process such that an optimal design can be achieved.
Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
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1 page
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Teaching Duration
45 minutes
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