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Students will be constructing a boat out of aluminum foil to hold the most amount of pennies. This is an inexpensive STEM Challenge! You can give a prize for the winner..either candy or homework passes (see my homework passes in my store)! It works as a great cooperative learning experience!
A container to hold water for the challenge- a plastic tub container
Pennies-Have about $2 worth just to be safe
Students will be focusing on their constraints and drawing/designing 3 potential designs. They will chose one design to use and will build that. There are analysis questions that allow students to reflect on their work.