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BOATS: DESign & ENGINEERING

One-Week Summer Program for Pre-High School Students

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 This program is ideal for students who have outgrown traditional summer camps and are looking for something fun, yet challenging where they can spend time outdoors. Students can have fun in the sun while they learn about engineering basics, conducting a series of projects involving boats. Below are three projects students completed last summer. Why wait? Sign up now!
 
 

 

SUMMER 2023 DATES:

July 31 – August 4, 2023 | Wellesley

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Project 1: Tinfoil Barge

Each student received 1 sheet of aluminum foil with the goal of making a boat out of it that will support the most weight. Gravity will pull the ship downward while the force of buoyancy pushes it upward. More and more pennies were added to the boat until it sunk.

Project 2: Putt Putt Boats

A putt-putt boat is a very simple steam engine that is made from household materials such as an aluminum can and plastic straws. With 1 intake straw and 1 outtake straw and a boiler full of water, a candle is lit under the boiler. The candle heats the water and increases the pressure inside the boiler, pushing water out the outtake straw, and propelling the boat forward. After making the boiler, a hull is made from a plastic folder and the boiler is glued in. To observe how different shaped hulls determine the speed of the putt-putt boat, students also carved boat hulls out of balsa wood using apple peelers.

Project 3: Foam Boats

Students made a boat out of ¼” insulation foam with their previously used Arduino electronics. For the foam, the boat design would be scaled down and drawn on graph paper with each individual piece. That way, the maximum amount of foam would be used with minimal waste. Then the pieces are cut, glued, and sealed with silicone. Then the electronics are mounted and the boat will be tested.

Student Comments

“The idea of building a boat has been very interesting and fun to build. Using many materials such as brushless motors that we haven’t used before has been exciting.”

“I liked that we had good materials to do the activities. I also liked designing the boats. Charlie is one of the best teachers I have ever seen.”

“It was fun. Boat dynamics are interesting.”

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