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Sent in by:
Dan of Boston, MA

Create a cash-carrying cargo cruiser!
Materials

Materials Needed


  • aluminum foil
  • pennies

Instructions

Instructions


  1. Construct a boat out of 1 square foot sheet of aluminum foil.
  2. Estimate how many pennies your boat will be able to hold.
  3. Then, float your boat and place as many pennies as you can in the boat before it sinks.
  4. Was your estimate right?




Some of your Results

Jacob, age 9 of Aiken, SC wrote:
My class did the boats afloat experiment. My 15 by 15 cm held 20 pennies. Then my 20 by 20 cm held 14 pennies. Finnaly my 30 by 30 cm held 104.

Michaela, age 10 of Aiken, SC wrote:
My class and I made tin foil boats. First, I got 12 pennies. It was my 15 by 15. Second was my 20 by 20 it held 124. Third was my 30 by 30 it held 157.

Elena, age 9 of Aiken, SC wrote:
My GT class did boats afloat!!! My 15x15 held 45, 6, and15. My 20x20 held 8, and 30 and my 30x30 held 31!!! Those are my results.

Stephie, age 9 of Aiken, SC wrote:
We did ''Boats Afloat'' in GT. On my 15x15 I got my boat to hold 11 pennies. On my 20x20 I got my boat to hold 40 pennies. My 30x30 held 52 pennies. I thought ''Boats Afloat'' was a fun experience I'll never forget.

Miles, age 9 of Aiken, SC wrote:
My GT class did this experiment. My first prediction was 14, but the actual amount was 23. One of my 15x15 tests held 65 pennies(it was my last 15x15 test). My next prediction was 59, but my 20x20 totals were 19 and 34. My last prediction was 79, but my 30x30 results were 58 pennies. This was a great experiment.

Marisabel, age 10 of Aiken, SC wrote:
When I went to G. T we did Boats Afloat. My 1st one held 7 pennies and I guessed 20. My 2nd one held 63 pennies and I guessed 50. And my last one held 106 and I guessed only 50. I loved doing Boats Afloat.

Elizabeth, age 9 of Aiken, SC wrote:
In G. T we made boats. Mine held 192 pennies and I guessed 100. I liked boats afloat!

Caroline, age 10 of Aiken, SC wrote:
In GT, my 20 by 20 held 74 pennies and I gussed 40! That was my record! I wish we could do it over and over again!

Alison, age 9 of Aiken, SC wrote:
My G. T. class did this activity. My boat was very big. It held 81 pennies. I predicted 100 pennies. This project was more fun than I thought it would be.

Luke, age 9 of Aiken, SC wrote:
My G. T. class did boats afloat. My boat held 100 pennies. My boat looked like a bowl. It was fun. I want to do it again!

Daniel, age 9 of Aiken, SC wrote:
My G. T. class did the experiment boats aflaot. My 15x15 held 40. My 20x20 held 103!! My 30x30 held 92. It was fun.

Logan, age 9 of Aiken, SC wrote:
My Boat held 19 pennies I thought it would hold 30 pennies, this was very fun!

Ava, age 9 of Aiken, SC wrote:
My best boat was a 30 by 30 and I made it look like a giant water rafting boat. It was huge! I estimated it would hold 50 and it held 131! I was more than right! I had a great time doing it and I think YOU should try it too!

Caroline, age 9 of Aiken, SC wrote:
In G. T. we did Boats Afloat. My first test I guessed 3 but got 7 and, then I guessed 8 and got 18, then I guest 20 and got 1. Some times I had good luck, and some times I had bad luck, but I still had fun.

Andrew, age 10 of Aiken, SC wrote:
I did boats afloat and my winning try got 100 pennies and I guessed 57. It was cool doing boats afloat.

Sydney, age 9 of Aiken, SC wrote:
My 30 by 30 held only 89 pennies. My 20 by 20 held 39 and my 15 by15 held 32. It was veary fun I loved doing this project in my G. T. class!!

Kodi, age 10 of Aiken, SC wrote:
My 30x30 boat held 143 pennies on the first trial. My 20x20 boat held 80 pennies on the secod trial. My 15x15 boat held 12 pennies on the second trial. It was fun, although we got wet.

Mara, age 9 of Aiken, SC wrote:
My GT class did boats afloat, it was so much fun!!! Although we got a bit wet. For my 30x30cm boat I guessed it would hold 20 pennies, but it held 103 pennies!!! It's so much fun, you should try it!!!

Laura, age 9 of Akien, SC wrote:
I made a 20 cm. x20 cm. boat. It was sort of big, and sort of small. My boat held 52 pennies. It was very fun!

Hayden, age 9 of Aiken, SC wrote:
We went to the gt classroom and I made my 30 by 30 boat, and I predicted 30 pennies, but I got 100.

Preston, age 9 of Aiken, SC wrote:
We went to our GT classroom and made tinfoil boats. My 15 by 15 centimeter boat held 1 penny. My 20 by 20 centimeter boat held 14 pennies. Lastly, my 30 by 30 boat held 22 pennies. This was a fun project!

Connor, age 9 of Aiken, SC wrote:
When I did my 15by15 cm. trial I guessed 13 pennies and it held 13 pennies! My 20by20 cm. held 33 pennies and I guessed 30. My 30by30 held 84 pennies and I guessed 70! It was fun doing boats afloat in the G. T. room.

Lindsey, age 9 of Aiken, SC wrote:
When I did my 30 by 30 my boat, it held 47 pennies. When I did my20 by 20 my boat held 28 pennies. When I did my 15 by 15 it held 5. I guest 5, 30, and 50. I hope I can do it at home!!!

Darby, age 10 of Aiken, SC wrote:
I did a 15x15, 20x20, and 30x30 with my GT class. My highest amounts of pennies were 27, 61, and 144.

Palmer, age 9 of Aiken, SC wrote:
I made a 30x30 boat in G. T. It held 101 pennies! This was more then I guessed. I had lots of fun!

Audrey, age 9 of Aiken, SC wrote:
We made 15cm x 15cm tinfoil boats I said it would hold 15 but it held 30. Next, we made 20cm x 20cm boats I said it would hold 30 but it held 58. Finally we made 30cm x 30cm boats I said it would hold 70 but it held 186 pennies. I had a great time doing boats afoat.

Cooper, age 9 of Aiken, SC wrote:
My g. t. class and I did boats afloat, and the most my 30x30 boat held was 114 pennies. This is my faviorite activity so far.

Ethan, age 9 of Aiken, SC wrote:
We went to our gt classroom, and did boats afloat. My30cmx30cm boat held 25 pennies. I predicted that it would hold 15 pennies. I really enjoyed this project.

Noah, age 9 of Aiken, SC wrote:
My gt class made the boats. Mine was 30cm by 30cm so it held 119 pennies. It was awesome.


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