Future Fleet

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Turn your pupils into engineers who are able to use scientific principals to design a ship. This long-term project expects pupils to understand concepts of density, buoyancy, displacement, and metacenter, and apply them to constructing a ship out of clay.

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CCSS: Designed
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • If time allows, ask groups to redesign and retest their prototypes based on the evaluations of their first designs
Classroom Considerations

  • Hands-on activities require a a variety of materials, some of which will need to be purchased or donated by parents
Pros

  • A hands-on project that requires students to calculate design principals and then test their predictions
  • Lesson is designed for both Common Core Math Standards and Next Generation Science Standards
Cons

  • None