52 Weeks of GUST brings a classic to you this week: a good old-fashioned engineering challenge! Float Your Boat can be done with basic household items: less time needed for getting supplies means more time for building!
*(For this activity, materials can be a bit flexible. Brainstorm some of your own if you'd like! Just make sure that the experiment would be doable with what you decide to use.)
This is simply a challenge: Using only the materials given, design a boat that can hold the most amount of pennies. To test your design: slowly add pennies to your boat, one at a time. Once water enters the boat or any part of the boat touches the bottom of the container, the boat is considered sunk!
The boat that can hold the most amount of pennies without sinking wins!
(Suggestion: Liven things up with a prize for the winner!)
What's Going On?
Buoyancy is, in simple terms, the upward force that keeps objects afloat. When an object is placed in water, it will float if the object's buoyancy is more than its weight. It will sink if the weight is greater than its buoyancy.