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When you’re a parent—especially during COVID—sometimes, “absolutely not” becomes “whatever floats your boat” a little more frequently. And, because they’re kids, you’d better be prepared for their millions of questions about what that really means, exactly. So teach them with a fun at-home scientific activity! A day of boating science is as fun as it is educational, and we’ve got six simple science experiments for kids that are bound to make some waves!


How does a boat keep from rolling over in a big wave? This experiment by Science Buddies explains how adding a fin to the bottom of a boat helps it keep balance in volatile waters.

Scientific Principal
When a ship rocks from front to back, or back to front, it is called pitch, and when a ship rocks from side to side, it is called roll. Bilge keels are added to the bottom of a boat to generate a force that acts in a direction opposite to the rolling motion, and this force slows down the roll.

All photos by the author. 

How do you explain the science behind boats to your little captains? Tell us in the comments section below!

—Shelley Massey



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