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)

Build-a-Boat Activity Document Downloads

Build Guide

Build Guide - PDF
Build Guide - Editable Word Document

 

Engineering Notebook

Download the TeacherGeek 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

 

 

Other useful resources:

TeacherGeek Quick Start Guide
Guide for using TeacherGeek products

Printable Ruler
See how your Motor Boat measures up

Protractor
See what your boat's blade angle is

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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

TeacherGeek products fit proposals, grants or lesson plans with ease! Explore more resources below:

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