This is a fun and engaging experiment for studying buoyancy or the scientific method.
Read aloud or have students read The Case of the Mayflower Match Up. This is about a detective who is called to the home of two kids Patrick Pilram and May Pilram. After learning about the pilgrims' journey on the Mayflower, they each have an idea about what boat design will be the most effective for carrying a heavy load.. Students are asked to complete the experiment for themselves and decide who to believe. They record their findings on an observation sheet which is provided.
-The Case of the Mayflower Match Up story
-Student observation sheet
-Detective Grimes' explanation
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