Buoyancy & Boats
In-Class Field Trips for Grade Two Students
How do things float?
Students 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
- GLE 2-7
- SLE 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8
Field Trip Information:
Cost (does not include GST): $11.29 per student.
A minimum charge of $225.80 will apply to sessions with 20 or fewer students.
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.
- 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.
- Please have helpers arrive 15 minutes before start time for briefing.