Foil Barge

Activity Summary

Teams will design a barge and use aluminum foil to build it. After predicting how much cargo their barge will hold, they will test it.

Video Engagement Links

These videos will give you an introduction to making a foil barge.

Required Materials

  • 1 12-inch square sheet of aluminum foil per team
  • Pennies or small washers as “cargo”
  • Pan (about 4 inches deep) filled with water

Standards Covered

NGSS Standard(s): 3-ETS1-2, 3-PS2-1, 3-PS2-2, 4-ETS1-2, 5-ETS1-2, 5-PS1-1, 5-PS2-1

CCSS Standard(s): ELA, RI.5.7, W.3.2, W.3.7, W.4.2, W.4.7, W.5.2, W.5.7