Fun with Speedboats!

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After reading about marine engineers and naval architects, it's all hands on deck to design and test a speed boat. This lesson is designed for the Next Generation Science Standards in engineering and can be a centerpiece for a STEM lesson or a physical science unit on kinetic and potential energy and Newton's laws of motion.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Designed
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Pros

  • Worksheets include design and testing, data tables, and evaluation
  • Competitive aspect makes the activity even more memorable
  • Fosters critical thinking and cooperation
  • Meets Next Generation Science Standards in engineering
Cons

  • Although the speed of a boat depends on potential energy, force, and mass, none of these concepts are taught within the lesson; make sure learners are familiar with them prior to implementation