Design a Flotation Device

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Save the soup! Scholars devise a flotation device using straws, balloons, foam, corks, and other objects. A can of soup must stay afloat for at least a minute with this device—your dinner might depend on it!

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Instructional Ideas

  • Team up with a physical education teacher to use the pool for the flotation tests
Classroom Considerations

  • Activity requires some materials; see list in teacher's guide for complete information
  • Pupils should be familiar with buoyancy
Pros

  • Provides some optional variations for the activity
  • Lists some guiding questions for discussion
Cons

  • None