Mt. Vernon Middle School (MVMS) eighth graders recently participated in the annual Walk-on-Water science experiment. Multiple teams competed in the project that challenged students to use their critical thinking skills. Each team had to build a float that would allow one member of their team to "walk" across the length of the pool. The floats were not tested until the day of the challenge. If the float sank before it crossed the pool, the team was out of the competition.
The project is designed to test the students’ knowledge on issues of problem solving, the scientific method, planning a long-term project, teamwork, and writing a formal lab report. Students are encouraged to think outside of the box. Some of the scientific concepts the students have to consider are: propulsion, density, energy, energy transfer, Newton’s Laws, and stability.
Mrs. Stacy Griner, Eighth Grade Science Teacher and also “Walk-on-Water” creator stated, “The project gives an exciting way for the students to engage in their learning. They have to work as a team, use critical thinking skills and scientific knowledge to choose their float and physically build the float. The kids love it and really get into the project and the secrecy of their construction.”
Many teams were in the spirit of the event and dressed up in their float’s theme. Football players, tutu’s, and M&M’s were all in attendance this year. It was a fun learning day for all involved!