|The "SS Swag"|
My middle school science classes had been learning all about global wind patterns (such as the trade winds, horse latitudes, etc...) this week and this was the perfect tie-in. We had talked about how the Mayflower had to use the wind (not a motor!) to sail all the way across the Atlantic ocean. Then I gave my kids the following materials: a cork, a paperclip, 1/2 sheet of paper, string and tape. They had 5 minutes to form their own groups and gather materials, 5 minutes to sketch out their design in their lab notebook, 10 minutes to build and then we headed outside to two large bins of water that I had set up. One side of the water bin was "America" and one side was "England". Their job was to get from America to England as fast as they could with only wind power! The kids (and I!) had a blast!
|Some kids only folded up the paper and put the cork underneath.|
|The boat to the left was the fastest one all day!|
|The square boat design worked pretty well!|
And nothing gets by these kids- as one group was busily constructing their design, one girl turned to me and said, "so where did you get all these corks from, Miss?" I looked at her without missing a beat and said "from the science room, so, no dear, I did not have to drink 7 bottles of wine to get them!" Her group was cracking up and so was I!
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