Sea Cadets in partnership with Seafarers UK delivered a Marine Engineering Pathway (MEP) workshop to two S3 Physics classes.
The MEP workshop session focussed upon Buoyancy, exploring some of the scientific principles behind buoyancy and displacement. Trying to predict what objects and materials would float or sink led to some surprises (can of diet coke floats while normal coke sinks – it is all the sugar!).
In teams, pupils then designed and built their own boat. This practical task culminated in the teams testing their ships and discovering which had succeeded in carrying the most whilst staying afloat.
Once the teams realised an element of competition was involved everyone got very busy!
All the students agreed getting more hands on experience like this made physics more relevant and understandable and wanted more experiences like this. The science and technology teams will be taking this onboard.
Mr D Vincent