Build-a-Boat / Electric Motor Boat Activity

$7.00

Single SKU: 1822-98
10 Pack SKU: 1822-99

Use common materials to explore buoyancy and power! Design a working electric motor boat with this activity. Find your hull in the recycling bin (milk jug, foam tray, pool noodles, etc.). Add the motor, propeller and other components. Set it in the water and watch it go. Learn through experimentation and tinkering. Evolve your boat through the engineering design process. This activity features TeacherGeek Mini Hub Assemblies; allowing you to build your own and create unique propellers by changing blade shape, angle and number.

Build-a-Boat Educational Goals

  • Utilize the design and engineering process
  • Encourage creativity, problem solving and critical thinking
  • Learn about buoyancy and simple machines
  • Apply the scientific method
  • Innovate (design, build and evolve your own unique boat)

Completing the

Build a Boat Activity

(Ages 5 and Up)

 

When working with kids on this activity, start with the Build Guide then move on to the Engineering Challenges.

     Build Guide     

Start by creating an example Boat using the Build Guide. This will be a great design to get you started. You’ll start to create your own amazing designs during the engineering challenges.

MS Word or PDF - Which document format should you download? Always download the PDF document, unless you want to edit/change it. If you want to edit/change the document, download the MS Word (Microsoft Word) version.

     Engineering Challenges     

It’s time to redesign your example boat to compete in an engineering challenge.

  • Speed Boat Challenge: PDF or MS Word -Redesign your boat to race across a body of water.

     Optional Resources     

Engineering Notebook

Available at two different learning levels, the TeacherGeek Engineering Notebook is designed to help students cycle thru the Design & Engineering Process and help them innovate and invent new designs. Use an Engineering Notebook page for each iteration of design. It is recommended that extra pages are printed and on-hand during activities.

  • Simple Engineering Notebook: PDF
  • Engineering Notebook: PDF

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    TeacherGeek Tools You'll Need

    What tools will you need to do this activity?

    Process

    Process Description

    Recommended Tool

    Alternate Tool

    Cutting

    Cutting dowels, strips, recycling bin items, etc.

    Multi-Cutter

    Saw, Pruning Shears

    Reaming

    Change splined holes in components from press fit (dowels press and stay) to loose fit (dowels are able to slide and rotate).

    Reamer

    #3 Drill Bit and Drill

    Screwing

    Tighten and loosen screws

    Screwdriver

    None

    Holding and Pulling

    Hold nuts, pull apart components

    Pliers

    Teeth -Just kidding, please don’t

    Sets of tools can be found here.

    Make your boat float by incorporating recycling bin materials.

    Build-a-Boat Components

    What's in the Build-a-Boat Activity?

    Component:

    Single Quantity:

    10 Pack Quantity:

    #10 25mm (1”) Screws

    4

    40

    Mini Hub (Red) Base & Cover

    1

    10

    Small 1.5-3V Motor

    1

    10

    Small Motor Mount

    1

    10

    AA Double Battery Holder w/Switch & Leads

    1

    10

    Perpendicular Blocks

    2

    20

    #10 Hex Nuts

    4

    40

    Connector Strips

    3

    30

    Zip Ties

    4

    40

    Dowels, 300mm (12in)

    4

    40

    Mini Hub Screw

    1

    10

    Toothpicks

    10

    100

    Science & Math Standards

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    Next Generation Science Standards
    NGSS Standards Download - PDF
    NGSS Standards Spreadsheet - Editable /Searchable Excel Sheet

    International Technology & Engineering Educators' Association Standards
    ITEEA Standards Download - PDF
    ITEEA Standards Spreadsheet - Editable/Searchable Excel Sheet