STEAM Saturday – Soap Powered Boat! (2/5/2022)

It’s winter, and cabin fever might be setting in, but we’ve got a great activity today from Science Bob that will keep them engaged for hours… and they’ll be learning SCIENCE while doing it!  Today, we are making soap powered boats!  

This activity will teach your children about “surfactants.”  Surfactants break down the surface tension of water.   Soap is a surfactant, so as the surface tension is broken up, it creates the force necessary to propel a lightweight boat across the water!

For this experiment, you will need a piece of foam (such as the tray that meat may come on from the supermarket) or non-corrugated cardboard, liquid dish soap, a tray or baking sheet full of water, and a toothpick.

Click HERE to view the full experiment.  This is a great opportunity to prompt your child to do some critical thinking and try different variations to see whether they affect the outcome of the experiment.  Have fun, and get creative!

We’ll see you right back here next Saturday for another STEAM Saturday activity!  Scroll through the rest of our website to learn how Critchlow Adkins is Building Brighter Futures for the children and families we serve!

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