Palm Pointe students learn about scientific method with boats

Students in Thomas Carr’s eighth grade science classes at Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition recently had a competition for “Boats in the Moat”. The objective was for students to design and construct a boat which when set afloat in a moat 10 feet long will travel (powered solely by a three speed fan) the entire length of the moat in the shortest period of time. This lesson taught them about the scientific method and variables. During the competition each team was allowed to enter up to three different designs for their boats and each boat was given three trial races. Students enjoyed constructing their boats and watching the competitions. Pictured, from left, are LeAnna Buttimer and Faith Twomley, the team that won in their class period with a time of 4.5 seconds.