Lesson Focus

Lesson focuses on how the shape of ship’s hull can impact its speed and stability potential in water. Teams of students design and test their own ship’s hull on paper, and build it using foam and other everyday materials.


Full Lesson Plan
Student Worksheets

Translated Lessons:

Age Levels:

11 – 18


  • Learn about engineering design.
  • Learn about ship design and engineering.
  • Learn about teamwork and working in groups.

Anticipated Learner Outcomes

As a result of this activity, students should develop an understanding of:

  • naval engineering and marine architecture
  • engineering testing
  • problem solving
  • teamwork

Lesson Activities

Students learn how the shape of a product, such as a boat hull can impact performance. Student teams design their own ship hull first on paper and then out of foam, predict the distance their ship and others will travel on a simple waterway, test the ships, and evaluate results. Student teams evaluate their own work and that of other students, and then present their observations to the class.


  • Teacher Resource Documents (attached)
  • Student Worksheets (attached)
  • Student Resource Sheets (attached)

Alignment to Curriculum Frameworks

Curriculum alignment sheet is included in PDF.