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Aluminum Boats


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    New York Hall of Science

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Aluminum Boats

Test the buoyancy of an aluminum foil boat and an aluminum foil ball. Why does the same material in different shapes sink or float? This activity explores the fact that the amount of water pushed aside by an object equals the force of water pushing upward on the object.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per student

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 11

Resource Type:
Activity

Language:
English

Materials List (per student)


  • Small bucket or large bowl
  • Water
  • 20 coins of the same weight (e.g. pennies, 2p pieces, etc.)
  • Scissors
  • Aluminum foil
  • Ruler

Subjects


  • Physical Sciences
    • Structure and Properties of Matter
      • Mass and Weight
      • Volume and Density

Informal Categories


  • Transportation

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

Other


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Access Rights:

  • Free access

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Source Collection:

  • TryScience

Rights:

  • All Rights Reserved, TryScience/New York Hall of Science, ©1999

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