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Electric Paddle Boat


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Electric Paddle Boat

In this activity, learners build an electric two-paddle boat using paint paddles, plastic knives, and empty water bottles. Use this activity to introduce learners to Newton's Laws of Motion, hydroelectric power, density and circuits.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
30 to 45 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$10 - $20 per student

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan

Language:
English

Materials List (per student)


  • 2 plastic bottles with caps
  • 5 large craft sticks
  • 2 plastic knives
  • 1 motor
  • 1 piece of glue stick, 1/4"
  • 10 rubber bands
  • 2 pieces of PVC pipe, 1"
  • 1 dowel 12"
  • 1 empty thread spool
  • 2 paper clips
  • 2 brass fasteners
  • 2 batteries
  • 2 electrical wires
  • 1 binder clip
  • electrical tape
  • hot glue gun

Subjects


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
      • Electrical Engineering
      • Transportation Engineering
    • Technology
      • Energy and Power
  • Physical Sciences
    • Electricity and Magnetism
      • Electric Motors
      • Electric Circuits
    • Energy
      • Energy and Power
      • Work and Machines
    • Motion and Forces
      • Momentum and Velocity
      • Acceleration
      • Newton's Laws
    • Structure and Properties of Matter
      • Volume and Density
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations
  • The Nature of Technology
    • The Design Process
      • Problem Solving
      • Troubleshooting and Maintenance

Informal Categories


  • Electronics
  • Model Building
  • Toys
  • Transportation

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

Other


Components that are part of this resource:

Includes alignment to state and/or national standards

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Access Rights:

  • Free access

By:

  • Watsonville Environmental Science Workshop

Rights:

  • All Rights Reserved, Watsonville Environmental Science Workshop, ©2012

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