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Boat Building Challenge

One of the most powerful tools mathematics offers industry is optimization. The ability to predict and design the best “specimen” given various goals and constraints is lucrative. The “Boat Building Challenge” places students in a situation in which the mathematically savvy and construction apt student will shine.

CHALLENGE:
Using one piece of laminated computer paper, design and build the boat that holds the most weight without sinking.

STUDENTS WILL:
1. Build functions
2. Optimize
3. Understand constraints
4. Build a mathematical product
5. Experience the power of mathematics