Everyday Engineering: Foil Boats

Keep one's dream of becoming an engineer afloat. Learners apply the engineering design process to build a boat out of aluminum foil. They start with a square boat, then consider whether boats of different shapes would be able to hold more weight.

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Instructional Ideas
  • If weather permits, take pupils outside to test their boats
Classroom Considerations
  • A sheet of aluminum foil and some uniform weights are necessary
  • Requires an area in which water spillage would not be a concern
Pros
  • Provides a link to another video of interest
  • Directions have pictures that show each step
Cons
  • None