Age range: 11-14
Duration: 60 or more mins
  • D&T
  • Physics

Speedy boats

Test the speed of different boat designs

The focus of this activity is on the principle of hydrodynamics (a similar set of principles to aerodynamics, but involving water). ‘Speedy boats’ will give the students the opportunity to test boat hull designs in a test tank.

Through this process, students will learn through this process, the importance of applying relevant scientific and mathematical understanding when refining and developing an idea.

Activity info, teachers' notes and curriculum links

This activity gives students the opportunity to explore and develop their critical thinking and decision making skills through a practical approach. The experiment ensures a ‘fair’ set of results is produced. The success of their overall boat hull design is directly dependent upon how well they apply their knowledge and understanding across the disciplines. In addition, key learning points need to be reinforced through mathematics.

The activity sheet includes teachers' notes, useful web links, and links (where appropriate) to the national curriculum in each of the four devolved UK nations; England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

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