The room had supplies laid out for each kid:
- a sheet of plastic wrap
- two plastic cups
- a straw
- some pipe-cleaners
- 2 – 6 inch long strips of Duck Tape
- some popsicle sticks
- a sheet of aluminum foil
The instructions were to design and build a boat using any or all of the materials given. Once designed and constructed, all the kids took their masterpieces over to a large plastic tub full of water to put to the test. Each child placed their boat in, while an adult placed washers in the boat to see how many it could hold.
Oldest is pretty keen. Unsure of what to do, he looked to the example made by some the instructor, yet wanted to make his boat different than the rest. On his first try, Oldest was able to build it to hold 12 washers. He revisited how he had his plastic wrap taped around his boat and then gave a little more bend to the bottom. Next trial? 14 washers could hang-out in his boat.
Peach was a little confused with the project. It was a little advanced for her age but she gave it a really great try! Upon her first trial, she didn’t change the shape of her cup. She wrapped it up in foil and plastic wrap. When she set it in the water, it tipped right over. She was quite angry about this. One thing I noticed is that all the children were looking for “inspiration” from each other. She did not. But after that first trial, she looked around, saw what was working, and demanded to try again. So she did. This time, she wanted a little help. On the second time around she built a boat that could hold all 14 washers.
After they built and tested, there was discussion about the things that they learned about what might make for a good boat.