Buoyancy & Boats – Unavailable for 2023/2024

In-Class Field Trips for Grade Two Students

How do things float?

buoyancy-boats-2Students have the opportunity to answer this question when they become scientists as well as carpenters in this 2 part field trip. Small groups of children will rotate through 3 different buoyancy stations while the others are building their own paddle boat.

Buoyancy stations include predicting which objects will be buoyant, discussing and experimenting with stability in a load, experimenting with boat movement and which materials are best used for boat construction.

As well as experimenting, students will have the opportunity to build their own boats in a safe, structured environment, using sandpaper and hammers.

The paddle boats (as well as their new found knowledge) are the students’ to keep after this discovery-filled field trip.

Learner Expectations we aim to cover in this field trip:
Topic B: Buoyancy and Boats

  1. GLE 2-7
  2. SLE 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8

Field Trip Information:

Number of Adult Helpers Required: 4
The field trip can’t happen without them. Check out our FAQ page for hints on where to find your helpers.

Field Trip Length: 1.75 hours (we will be working through recess)
Facilitator will arrive approximately ½ hour before start time for set up.

Room Requirements

  • An open floor area large enough for half your class to sit and make their boats.
  • Three large tables for the buoyancy experiments.
  • One other table for building materials.
  • A sink for water.

Other Expectations

  • Please have helpers arrive 15 minutes before start time for briefing.