Sail the Seas

Former Name: The Engineering of Pirates

Camp | Grades 3-8

Avast, me maties! Jump on board and join the crew to work together to explore the every-day engineering challenges that pirates were once faced with. During this week, students will explore the ideas of buoyancy and surface area as they design their pirate ships, the sails for their ships, and a system to retrieve sunken treasures! So what do you say; Are ye’ ready to sail the seas?

Being a pirate involves more than just swabbing the deck and searching for buried treasure. Our Engineering For Kids pirates have to engineer ways to build their ship, load it up and sail around the world. Sometimes, buried treasure isn’t found on an island but in a dark cavern far below the ocean’s surface. In this camp, students explore industrial and marine engineering as they design their own boat and sails and devise ways to dive deep into the ocean to retrieve buried treasure.

Ship Building

In this activity, students will understand the concept of buoyancy and how it plays a significant role in the design of a ship or vessel and realize the importance of minimizing the amount of material used in the design process, as to mimic the challenges engineers face in the real world with limited budgets and resources. They will investigate properties that make canoes different from other boats and conceptualize designs based on a given set of materials and other constraints.

Loading Cargo

Students will understand the operations of the six basic machines and discuss how we use simple machines in our everyday lives. They should understand the concepts of force and work and investigate complex machines that can perform a simple task or demonstrate a mechanical concept.

Follow the Horizon

Students will design an aerodynamic sail and construct a small watercraft based on student plans. They should observe, evaluate, and apply the ideas of kinetic energy, potential energy, thrust, and drag to construct a watercraft to travel as fast, as far or as straight as possible.

Not a Drop to Drink

Students will discuss the importance of clean freshwater for everyday life and examine the steps of the Earth’s water cycle. They will investigate the layers of the earth, tell how they naturally filter the world’s water supply, and understand how to change the impact of man-made objects on the environment.

Treasure Hunt

Students will investigate basic concepts of human underwater exploration and understand that a human’s ability to explore underwater is directly related to principles of marine engineering. They will apply an understanding of buoyancy and fluid dynamics to construct their own working model of ballast tanks on modern submarines.