Sinking and Floating

Sink or Swim - Who Will Win?

Format: In Person, Virtual | Grade: Lower Elementary (K-3)

Students test whether different objects sink or float and consider the relationship to material properties. Students get excited as items sink or float unexpectedly! They then engage in an engineering challenge to build a boat that will float and hold as many marbles as possible!

This investigation requires access to a water supply.

Keyword(s): Sinking and Floating

Whatever Floats Your Boat

Format: In Person | Grade: Upper Elementary (4-5), Middle (6-8)

Using Archimedes Blocks, students are challenged to use fractions to investigate density and the impact on sinking and floating!

This investigation requires basic skill with division and simple fractions. Access to a water supply is also required.

Keyword(s): Sinking and Floating, Density, Fractions