Lesson Plan # 1 - Boat Construction - weight displacement



In this lesson students will construct a boat and calcluate the water line in advance of putting it in the water. Students will learn basic boat terms.

The standard definition of floating was first recorded by Archimedes and goes something like this: An object in a fluid experiences an upward force equal to the weight of the fluid displaced by the object. So if a boat weighs 1,000 pounds (or kilograms), it will sink into the water until it has displaced 1,000 pounds (or kilograms) of water. Provided that the boat displaces 1,000 pounds of water before the whole thing is submerged, the boat floats.

Lesson # 1 Time

Lesson Time
5 Class Periods

Industries / Subjects / Grades

Industries / Pathways
  • Engineering & Architecture Engineering & Architecture
  • Building and Construction Trades Building and Construction Trades
K-12 Subjects
  • Mathematics
  • Science
Grade Levels
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12

Standards and Objectives


California's 2008 CTE Standards (5)
California Academic Content Standards (4)

Related Instructional Objectives (SWBAT...)

  • Students will learn to use math to calculate weight displacement. Students will be introduced to the concept of engineering and design. At the end of this lesson students will understand the Archimedes principle and how buoyancy works.

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