EYE LEGO Engineering Design Challenge: Boat Building

Challenge: This challenge is to construct unsinkable ships. Fill a sink with a tub of water, and ask students to create ships that must endure the "ocean" waves and lots of heavy cargo. The students should be given multiple trials to see if their ship kept the passengers in, and water out. 

Engineering Goals:

  • Learn about buoyancy and how to design objects that will float

Leader Instructions/Tips: 

  • Have various weights to add to students boats. Start with the lighter weights, and see how much can be added to each design. Then ask students to refine their idea and see if they can support more cargo each time.