Make Paper Boats


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STEM Connection


Bet you didn't expect to read about Archimede's Principle when you drew this one out of the jar!  Well, we're glad you did, because this is a great principle to know if you're headed into a STEM career involving any job the will take you on a boat (e.g. oceanographer, speed boat driver, ferrier, eco-tour guide, scuba technology creator, etc).  Essentially, this principle dictates that the "buoyant force" equals the weight of displaced liquid.  In other words, the heavier your boat, the wider it has to be.  Also the wider your boat, the more stable it will be.  So a tall, skinning boat will be a little tipsy in the water...and a lot to handle too.  (Think: regatta crew...they're never really enjoying a leisurely ride, are they?)

Best Location

There's a little park with a small body of water in Rehoboth that's just perfect for trying out your new paper boats. It's the children's fishing pier at 1st and 2nd street by Lake Gerar Park (at the far end of town down by the Henlopen Hotel). 

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Related Web Links

  • Check out THIS LINK for a refresher on how to make a paper boat.

  • You might also want to watch THIS quick video to explain to the kids how boats float.

Ideas, Notes, & Tips

Be sure to clean up after yourselves when you're at the park.  A good way to make sure you collect all your paper boats from the water is to tie a fishing line to them so you can pull them back in.