Last week, we saw photos of a variety of boats and ships, so today students used what they learned to design their own crafts. The challenge was to design a floating vessel to hold as many little green dinosaurs as possible. In our challenge, each student sketched his/her idea. When it was time to make a prototype, groups had to choose which design elements to use. Then a thin sheet of aluminum was provided for the actual construction of the teams' ships.
After naming the ships, floating them in an aquarium, and placing dinosaurs into them (two at a time), one group stood above the others, holding 188 dinosaurs before succumbing to the sea. Aptly named, the Champion won the challenge. Champion was a flat-bottomed boat with high sides that held more of our precious cargo.
Another group, with a boat named Boaty, was the only team to accurately estimate the number of dinosaurs its vessel would support. Congratulations to all our ship builders on a job well done!