Sunday, August 6, 2017

"Foiled Again! Kids Float Pennies in Library STEM Challenge" | Abilene Reporter-News

Article by Ronald W. Erdrich of the Abilene Reporter-News, August 5, 2017

A rising tide might float all boats, but a dollar's worth of pennies can send one straight to the bottom.
The South Branch of the Abilene Public Library in the Mall of Abilene held their second-to-last STEM activity Friday.  STEM, as you likely know, stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.  Kids were invited to test their skills by building small boats from aluminum foil.

A common-cent solution was used to determine the seaworthiness of each vessel; if the scupper could float 100 1-cent coins it was deemed a success.

It would have been too perfect to hold this outside J.C. Penney's but, alas, a playground occupies that space.  One does not simply walk into Mordor with a tub of water - and that goes double for the Mall playground.  Those kids are tough!

Instead, the Foil Boat Challenge was held outside the women's Dillard's store; an area also known to host Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny, but never together.  That would be strange.

What might also be strange, but still fun, is the cardboard maze branch Manager Alyssa Crow has planned at 4:00PM August 18 in the same location as the boat challenge.

"Kids are going to have to maneuver their way through," she said.  "Hopefully it's not going to be so tall that they can't look up and get lost in the middle."

Sounds a-mazing.

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