The Foil Challenge
THE WINNING TEAM
ABOUT THE CHALLENGE
Students were given one 3 inch x 3 inch piece of aluminum foil. They were instructed to create a boat capable of floating while holding quarters. They had 30 minutes to work on prototypes of the boat and could test the boat in the water as many times as they wanted during that window. After that, they were given on chance to see how their boats worked. The winning team created a boat capable of holding 13 quarters.
The foil challenge taught students to effectively collaborate in a team setting, apply critical and creative thinking to ambiguous problems and to effectively manage projects through appropriate commercialization or final delivery process. Area of the foil translated to materials cost. Number of coins translated to weight that could be carried given the surface area. Distribution of coins translated to cargo distribution on a barge.