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1st Grade – Foil Boats

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We’ve been exploring sinking and floating, with solids and liquids.  This past week students received a four inch by four inch piece of Aluminum foil.  The goal, to make a boat that would float some pennies.  Folding water-tight corners turned out to be a difficult, but important skill.  Dispersing the pennies throughout the boat also helped the boat hold more cargo.  In the end, though, everyone’s boat sank!

Now, can anyone build a better boat at home?  Use the same size piece of foil.  The record (that I witnessed) was 29 pennies.  Remember, don’t count the last penny, the one that made the  boat sink.

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