In this lab activity students will work to gain a greater understanding of Archimedes' principle while having fun. The lab is extremely quick and easy to set up for you as a teacher and can be completed in one class period depending upon class size and ability. Students use a piece of aluminum foil to build a boat to float as many washers (some other unit of mass would work in place of washers) as possible. I have attached a QR code at the top of the lab so that students can watch a short tutorial of Archimedes' principle/buoyancy before starting the lab.
Required Materials: Aluminum foil, washers (or some other equal units of mass for measuring purposes), triple beam balance/scale, tub full of water.
I also make a competition out of this each period to see which student's design can hold the most washers.
This is a great quick lab activity to follow up the presentation of Archimedes' principle and reach students who learn better by working on concepts with their hands.