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Floating Boat Essay

534 words - 3 pages

Isael Tore

Science Experiment

Rubber-Band Powered Altoids Boat

5th Grade

Teacher: Mrs. Gainous


The purpose of my project was to find out which rubber-band powered Altoids boat would work better? My project consisted of two boats one small boat and one large boat.


I predict that the small boat will propel the longest time. My prediction is that the small boat will work better because of less weight and size difference. My prediction of the large boat is that it will not work out due to size and weight.


1. Initial step gather all materials together.

2. Have a large space for water for example at home you can use the bath tub ready to place your boat tin in.

3. Next you begin to ...view middle of the document...

The regular Altoid tin during the 3 trials propelled for 11 ½ inches. My discovery after completing the 3 trials on each Altoid tin boat was that the regular Altoid tin boat worked better than the small Altoid tin boat.

Conclusion: During the process of doing my experiment I learned that not always is less weight going to work better. I also learned that the weight being more rather than less can result in better results during the Altoid tin boat experiment. I also learned that a hypothesis will not always be right. The entire experiment of making the self propelled boat was a great discovery to see how the boat propelled through the water.

Independent Variable (What I would change):

After performing my experiment I would change the type of boat. I would have used a boat of Styrofoam boat instead of the Altoid tin. I think doing the experiment with a Styrofoam material for the boat I might get better results.

Dependent Variable (What I observed):

I observed during my experiment that the Altoid tin did float and propel in the water. During my observation I also observed that the different size boats played a big part in the distance of the boat.


←, the instructables website provided information on the materials needed for my experiment.

←, by reading different ideas about the rubber band powered boat I was able to do my own research for my project.

←, I was able to review different types of research on how to actually make the boat but using my own style.

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