Fun and educational

Following are three different types of boats used by students for science projects or other educational experiments. All three boats are also available as a set with a discounted price. These boats demonstrate three different propulsion mechanisms of air power (wind), steam power and mechanical propeller. These boats show how energy can be converted from one form to the other. 

We will soon add more samples of science projects that use boats.

Candle Powered boat

This tin boat has a small steam boiler tank mounted inside the boat. The tank is connected to two brass exhaust pipes used to enter water and push out steam. This boat is famous for the pot-pot sound that it makes while the steam starts rolling. This boat is a simple steam propulsion boat. Use the eye dropper (provided with the boat) to fill up the tank with clean water. 

Start entering water from one brass pipe and continue until some water exits the other pipe. Place a candle in the candle holder, light up the candle and push it forward so the flame will be directly below the tank. Soon the pot pot starts and boat moves. Paddle in the back of the boat can be adjusted so the boat move in a circular path.

Candle powered boat is not recommended for very young children. It uses open flame of a candle that can cause burns and fire if neglected. Adult supervision is required where students use this boat as an educational tool.

Wind-up boat

Energy can be stored in a spring in the form of potential energy. Potential energy can then be converted to the mechanical energy to work out a propeller and push the boat forward. This boat has one propeller made of brass in the back. Wind-up and watch it go.

Balloon Powered boat

Balloon powered boat is made of wood and comes with three balloons. The air from the inflated balloon exits the pipe in the back of the boat, pushing the boat forward.

Some students make wheels for the boat so they can perform experiments without having access to water.

Balloon powered boat is a classic wooden toy that will bring hours of enjoyment to children of all ages!

Simply place the un-inflated balloon over the lip of the rounded cylinder as shown in the pictures and inflate the balloon by blowing air into the wooden pipe at the back of the boat.

Once the balloon is fully inflated, cover the tail pipe with your finger to keep the air from escaping the balloon. Remove finger from the tail pipe and watch in amazement as your boat cruises through the open sea or bath tub!

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