Paddle Boat

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In this activity, learners build an old-fashioned paddle boat out of simple materials. Use this activity to introduce learners to potential energy, kinetic energy, Newton's Laws of Motion, and density. [Activity is publicly available through a web crawler capture on]

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per student

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan


Materials List (per student)

  • 1 paint paddle, cut in half
  • 2 washers
  • 1 rubber band
  • glossy cardstock
  • styrofoam
  • decorations for boat
  • hot glue gun
  • scissors
  • utility knife
  • marker


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
      • Transportation Engineering
    • Technology
  • Physical Sciences
    • Energy
      • Potential and Kinetic Energy
    • Motion and Forces
      • Newton's Laws
      • Rotation Motion
    • Structure and Properties of Matter
      • Volume and Density
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations

Informal Categories

  • Model Building
  • Toys
  • Transportation


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Components that are part of this resource:

Includes alignment to state and/or national standards:

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Access Rights:

  • Free access


  • Fresno Community Science Workshop


  • All rights reserved, Fresno Community Science Workshop, 2011

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