When Meriwether Lewis commissioned the keelboat, he needed a vessel that would carry many supplies. The boat had some amazing technological features for the earliest parts of the 18th Century. It had an innovative and practical design. I suppose I expected no less from my students in designing a boat to float dinosaurs in our classroom aquarium of science.
Spoiler alert: sadly, all of the dinosaurs perished in this experiment.
Teams then made prototypes out of regular scrap paper, folding and tearing to construct a three dimensional representation of their designs, before naming the boats and building their final products from single sheets of aluminum foil.
Along the way, our classroom received a visit from the principals, the director of elementary education, and the superintendent of schools. They stayed for a moment to observe the project and get a view of Hoggatt Cave. TARYN did a spectacular job of explaining what we were doing.