Math & Physics Meet the Water
Math & Physics Meet the Water
Posted on 02/21/2020
Student sinks during her test of her cardboard boat in the pool

When you’re learning, sometimes you’ve got to get your feet wet. Or, in the case of the Industrial Manufacturing class at Central Kitsap high, ALL of you gets wet.

Students had to take math and physics on the white board and apply it to real life cardboard and duct tape. Their challenge: build a vessel that could hold a crew of two across the Olympic High pool three times.

They designed and built their boats this week with the help of experts from Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility and the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Division Keyport. Materials and tools also were donated by Keyport. Thank you!

Some boats sank quickly. One team made it three times across the pool in just over a minute.

But sunken boats didn’t mean failed grades. Students will reflect on their designs and develop improvements.

The project is part of the district’s new Core Plus maritime manufacturing curriculum.