Inspired by Pete the Cat and the Treasure Map by James Dean
Read the book, Pete the Cat and the Treasure Map.
In the story, Pete the Cat and his friends go on a treasure hunt. Their ship is built to withhold the storms and carry the treasure back to their home.
Suppose you were going to hide a treasure or a gift for me to find, where would you bury it? What would you map look like? What clues would you provide?
There are many different kinds of boats. How many types of boats can you think of? Draw or ask someone to help you write them all. For more types of boats, watch these videos:
Based on your research, design/sketch 2-3 boats. All boats have names, so you should name each of your designs.
In addition to using materials from the kit, you can find items inside and outside our house that starts with the letters below. Think about what we might need to create your boat. Only one object per letter, but you can have more than one of that object. For example, for the letter P, you can use 15 paper clips or maybe 5 purple crayons. Get creative!
Pick one of your designs. Construct something that will carry your treasure across stormy water.
Place your boat in a bucket or a tub of water. Gently put your treasure (golden rocks) inside your boat and let it go. Did your boat stay afloat or did it sink? Can you add another rock?
What changes or improvements might we make? Why?
Engineers have to be able to talk about their process and their prototype to a wider audience. We want you to create one of the following to tell someone else in your family or a friend about how you built a boat to hold a treasure.
Create a story. Or how about a song?
Or maybe a picture book full of drawings.
Who might your characters be?
There are engineers that create things that can work in environments like the ocean? They are called ocean engineers. Watch this video to learn more
And did you know that oceans cover about 70% of the Earth’s surface? Also, did you know that there about one million species of animals that live in the ocean? [We suggest having a discussion and/or draw a visual to illustrate the size of one million and the meaning of 70%.]
Thank you for participating.
When you are done with this project, gift the book and the directions to your friend to make the idea of engineering float.
Optional questions to ask after watching the videos:
Optional questions to ask: