Sizing Sails for Science at Oquenock

Sizing Sails for Science at Oquenock
Kindergartners in Mary Berger and Pamela Hergerton’s class at Oquenock recently designed sails for cars as part of a science unit on movement.

Each student’s goal was to design a sail to put on a car to make it move the farthest and fastest. The students had to consider what size sail to make and how tall the straw that held it should be to get the best results. In the subsequent experiment, the students raced two cars at a time – moved by breath and a blow dryer – and recorded the results, concluding that shorter straws with larger sails moved the farthest and the fastest.