Engineering lesson involves building boats

Engineering lesson involves building boats

PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - On Friday, Ingalls Shipbuilding of Pascagoula hosted a unique ship-building competition for more than 100 middle school students.

In the shadow of "America's Shipyard" Ingalls challenged them to design, build and test their own model ships.

"How we get to work together as a team. You've got so many different ideas going into one boat and all," said Autumn Johnson.

Derion Anderson enjoyed the building process; even though it was a lot of work.

"We had to take numerous measurements and stuff and put it together. We also had to design it and make sketches of it," Anderson said.

Not only did the teams have to design, build, and test their boats, they also created and delivered presentations to the group.

"Our length of our first boat, which was the speed boat, was 15 inches and the width was 12 inches," said Chloe Batiste.

Ingalls organized the program and competition to encourage young students to think about engineering. However, the lessons learned reached far beyond.

"Not only the engineering process, but it's learning how to build confidence in yourself," said teacher Nikeland Cooper. "To know that you can achieve and do the unthinkable."

The middle school students worked on their ship-building projects in the classroom for about three weeks before the event.

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