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Whatever Floats Your Boat!

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5c8919cdeeb5f Student Jacob B. from Earlville tests his lifeboat.

Student Jacob B. from Earlville tests his lifeboat.

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5c8919cdeeb5f Successful boat design completed by several students in Applied Math.

Successful boat design completed by several students in Applied Math.

In Applied Math, we kicked off second semester with a SPLASH as students completed the “Float Your Boat” hands-on activity. Students were asked to design a paper boat that would support as many pennies as possible. Each penny saved was equivalent to one person saved on a lifeboat.

 

Students had 40 minutes of class time to research and design a paper boat that would not only float properly, but hold as many passengers as possible. When all designs were complete, students wrapped their boats in foil and began to test, one group at a time. Each team had 2 minutes to load in as many passengers as possible without any water getting into their boat. As soon as they lost control of their boat, their time was stopped and passengers counted. During this time, students not only developed their problem solving skills, but had fun while doing it.

 

In Applied Math, students can often be seen doing hands-on activities, just like this one. Not only does this activity hook students’ interest, it develops important skills they will use in the workforce. During hands-on activities, students will face challenges in design and execution that they must overcome in order to present a successful product. In Applied Math, we hope to develop a “never-give-up” attitude that will translate to the activities they do in their other classes at IVVC and later on when they enter the workforce. 

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