PADDLE BOAT DESIGN CHALLENGE (In-Person for Juniors)
Welcome to the world of mechanical engineering!
After this activity, you’ll know how to use the Design Thinking Process to solve problems like an engineer. Every day, a mechanical engineer invents another machine to help people or solve a problem—such as nonpolluting cars or a better hearing aid.
Who knows what machines we’ll need next! If solving problems excites you, you may want to think about becoming a mechanical engineer so that you can invent these machines yourself!
Explore how paddle boats work and engineer your own paddle boat.
1. Explore how paddle boats work
2. Design and build a rubber band-powered paddle boat
3. Test your rubber band-powered paddle boat
4. Analyze and share your results
5. Brainstorm ways to improve your design
You will earn the Paddle Boat Design Challenge Badge upon completion of this activity. When you earn this badge, you'll know how to build and test a paddle boat and understand buoyancy, potential energy, and kinetic energy.
This is an in-person event, with a maximum number of 10 participants to ensure safe distancing and caution. All participants are required to wear a mask, bring their own water bottle, and social distance.
Please fill out and bring the following forms to participate.