Soap Boat STEM Challenge: Surface Tension

Soap Boat STEM Challenge: Surface Tension
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Soap Boat STEM Challenge: Surface Tension
Soap Boat STEM Challenge: Surface Tensionplay
Soap Boat STEM Challenge: Surface Tension
Soap Boat STEM Challenge: Surface Tension
Soap Boat STEM Challenge: Surface Tension
Soap Boat STEM Challenge: Surface Tension
Soap Boat STEM Challenge: Surface Tension
Soap Boat STEM Challenge: Surface Tension
Soap Boat STEM Challenge: Surface Tension
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Product Rating
4.0
(2 Ratings)
File Type

PDF

(5 MB|8 pages)
Product Description

In this activity, students learn about surface tension by designing and testing soap powered boats. In the first step, students build a prototype soap boat using a supplied template. After testing this prototype, the students research and design their own boat that is designed to travel as far as possible. After completing the activity, students use the included resources to learn about the water molecule, surface tension, and hydrogen bonding as they read, watch videos, and answer questions about how the soap caused their boats to move.


Needed Materials
Bins of water (pie pans, plastic shoe boxes, or similar work well)
Toothpicks
Liquid dish soap
Soap Boat template printed on cardstock
Scissors
Various materials for building soap boats: Cardboard, plastic coated card board (from a milk or juice carton), aluminum foil, plastic lids from yogurt containers, thin plastic transparencies. Etc.

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Total Pages
8 pages
Answer Key
N/A
Teaching Duration
1 hour
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