Physics Regatta

What can you make with some paper and balsa wood?

How about a boat?

Students in our high school physics class are given an end of the year assignment:

Take some mural paper and a few sticks of balsa wood and build a boat.

But–hold on a minute—

Not just ANY boat, one that will transport someone across the pool!

(Yes, transport someone across the pool in a PAPER boat!)

The kids work in groups to plan, calculate, build and paint their boats in preparation for race day.

Then each team launches their boat….

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Step two is to carefully lift your ‘sailor’ into the boat …

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Step three is to carefully and quickly get to the finish line!

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Some boats make it all the way across the pool….

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Some never leave the starting gate….

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And some …..well…..

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Three boats made it across! Tune in tomorrow and I’ll show you what they did after that to determine KING OF THE FLEET!

“I never teach my pupils; I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.”
Albert Einstein

“Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I’ll understand.”
Chinese Proverb

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