Engineering Design Challenge: Aluminum Foil Boats

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Today in Science, Class 4A students were charged with the task of engineering boats with maximum floating capacity in order to hold the maximum amount of cargo (colored markers). At first, students were distracted by the concept of design, preferring to draw beautiful boats rather than consider the purpose of the boats. Once they realized that they really ONLY had ONE piece of aluminum foil, scissors, and their own four hands, they reconsidered their designs in favor of practicality.

We haven’t completed testing of all the boats, but so far our record is 43 markers!!! Can’t wait to see final results and give them a chance to innovate their designs.

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