“Take Me Away” Boat Design

In “Take Me Away” Boat Design, students will review what they know about sinking and floating while watching something float that you wouldn’t expect to see: a pineapple float. The pineapple has many pockets of air in it; therefore, it floats in water. Objects that weigh less than water float and objects that weigh more sink. Can you name a type of boat? The teacher-librarian will present the different parts of a boat and discuss the different types of hulls. Why does a displacement hull float better than a planning hull? Students will construct a boat that will float under the weight of 10 decorating stones.