Slow Boat Design

Don't be a drag. Learners work in groups to design boats that move slowly. The provided reason for the activity is that a fish caught on a fishing reel is pulling the boat, causing it to move too fast. The STEM activity teaches the class about the engineering design process.

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CCSS: Designed
NGSS: Designed
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Instructional Ideas
  • Have a contest to see which group designs the best boat
Classroom Considerations
  • The activity is part of the SLED Design series
  • Some knowledge of basic physics, such as force and drag, is necessary
Pros
  • Provides options for formative and summative assessment
  • Lesson plan includes diagrams and pictures that help with comprehension
Cons
  • None
NGSS