Paddle Power

Potentially get all the way across the water. The fourth of five design challenges asks pupils to develop a plan for a paddle-powered boat that will store its energy. Given a limited number of supplies, the class members design, build, and test their boats.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Brainstorm other ways rubber bands transform energy
  • Research paddle boats and hull designs
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires a large container with water
Pros

  • Provides timing for different segments of the activity
  • Contains a video link to use as motivation
Cons

  • None