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    Boston Leadership Institute: Pre-High School: Boats: Design & Engineering


    • Listing Type: Summer Programs
    • Program Delivery: Day, Residential
    • Provided By: Independent Provider
    • Session Start: July, August
    • Session Length: One Week
    • Entering Grade: 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
    • Gender: Coed
    • Category: STEM
    • Sub-Categories: STEM, Engineering
    • Selective: No
    • Ages: 12, 13
    • Minimum Cost: $500 - $1,499
    • Career Clusters: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
    • Credit Awarded: No
    • Call: (617) 283-4825
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    This program is ideal for students who have outgrown traditional summer camps and are looking for something fun, yet challenging where they can spend time outdoors. Students can have fun in the sun while they learn about engineering basics, conducting a series of projects involving boats.

    Here is an example of a past project completed in Boats: Design and Engineering: 

    A putt-putt boat is a very simple steam engine that is made from household materials such as an aluminum can and plastic straws. With 1 intake straw and 1 outtake straw and a boiler full of water, a candle is lit under the boiler. The candle heats the water and increases the pressure inside the boiler, pushing water out the outtake straw, and propelling the boat forward. After making the boiler, a hull is made from a plastic folder and the boiler is glued in. To observe how different shaped hulls determine the speed of the putt-putt boat, students also carved boat hulls out of balsa wood using apple peelers.

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    SUMMER 2023 DATES:

    July 31 – August 4, 2023 | Olin/Wellesley, MA