Boats with Recycled Materials | Design Squad

Boats with Recycled Materials | Design Squad


♪ ♪ (drilling) (indistinct chatter) We’re the Upside Downers,
and this is our raft. HANNAH: Hi, I’m Hannah
from Team Tiger, and this is our raft. Today, we’re taking
our junk boats out on the water. We designed and built our boats
at the Acera School. BOY:
So it’s a pretty simple design. We took a pallet
and added a few boards here so that we could add the barrels
on the top instead of on the bottom, which is what most people
are doing. And then we’re going to actually
be sitting on the barrels, so we thought we would add
a little chair just to make it
more comfortable. ♪ ♪ Here’s our mast. HANNAH: To power our boat,
we’re going to use a sail. Other teams are going to use
paddles and paddle wheels. We’re using a tarp for our sail. Which is a teeny bit too short because we did not have time
to make custom sails, so they’re all the same size. The drawback of having the sail
that’s a little too small is that we can’t catch
as much wind because the surface area
is smaller. But it’s better than nothing! GIRL: We decided to make
outriggers on our boat, which are basically
pieces of wood that come out of the sides of the raft and balance
on the top of the water. The outriggers will help
keep the boat from tipping. HANNAH: Our outrigger
is attached parallel to the deck with a noodle on it, it’s like
an arm to help steady it. And we’re attaching it
to the deck by this one-by-six that is attached
to the outrigger and the side of the deck. BOY: A lot of other boats
are using outriggers to keep their boat balanced, but we cannot,
because most of our deck is going to be submerged
under water. So we don’t really have a place
to attach the outriggers to keep our boat from tipping
over one way or another. GIRL: As soon as the boats
are all put together, we’re going to go in the water
and test their stability, which is basically us trying
to flip them over. And the reason we’re flipping
them over is for safety. So if they flip over now, we’ll know how to make sure
that they don’t flip over later. So our barrels are sitting
too high in the water for it to be stable, so we’re lowering our outriggers
down so that they help us
stay upright better. As you can see,
these are way too high, they’re not touching the water. (drilling) MAN:
Redesign on the fly, high five! GIRL: This seems so much more
stable already. HANNAH: The water now pushes up
against the outriggers, and the boat
is much more stable. BOY: We expected to be
tipping back and forth a lot, but the deck is actually giving
a lot more stability than we expected. BOY:
Yes! I think that we underestimated
ourselves. We’re much faster and much more
balanced than we thought. If we were to make this again,
we would probably add a sail. GIRL: So in the end,
we didn’t flip and we had fun,
and that’s what matters. Ahoy, engineering! Ahoy, matey! (splash)

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