Cardboard Canoe

Can you build a canoe out of cardboard and tape that could really float your weight?

You can! All you need is simple materials you have at home like cardboard duct tape and …. the formula for displacement so your canoe is bouyant. That means your canoe has to be big enough to push away (displace) the right amount of water so you float (are bouyant).

Design Challenge: We gave 2 maker teams all they needed to design and build their own cardboard canoes to float in the 53′ water table at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. The results were super creative – and we learned how to build a canoe that would really work! Special thanks to our adventurous makers Kristin, Marie, Dave and Christian.

Do It Yourself: Of course, this is The MAKESHOP Show: we want YOU to make it yourself at home. Below are all the instructions you’ll need to make your very own cardboard canoe:

Cardboard Canoe Instructions

Remember to use the formula for water displacement and bouyancy on Page 3 so that your boat floats! Also remember that your canoe must be watertight, so seal all the cracks and holes with duct tape and test your design before climbing aboard.

*SAFETY NOTE: Utility knives are sharp, so ask an adult maker for help in cutting cardboard. Only test your cardboard canoe in safe, shallow water with adult supervision and always wear a life vest.

Keep calm and make on!

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