With Instructables you can share what you make with the world, and tap into an ever-growing community of creative experts. From trash to toy boat; a guide on how to make a working to sail boat from household recyclables. You will need 2 plastic water bottles, cardboard, chopsticks, 2 cardboard tubes(from toilet paper), tape, scissors, and a marker.
Secure the 2 side pieces and back to the corresponding sides of the base by taping it down to the top and bottom.
Place the 2 front pieces together so that they meet at an angle with the taller sides in front. Now that they are taped on the boat, tape all of the side pieces together by pressing the corners together with tape.
Gently place the base of the ship onto the taped water bottles, so that the point of the bow is in between the caps. Lace a chopstick through the holes of 2 cardboard tube pieces, so that the pointed side is away from them. Secure the chopstick to the bow by placing on the center point, and taping it down along the angle of the front.


This tutorial by KidWind provides details for making a solar boat for a class or hobby project.Build the best boat you can and race your friends!
This boat is powered by solar panels or solar cells, which harness light energy from the sun to produce electricity. You can make the body of the boat with a recycled, cut-up milk or juice carton, which is easy to cut, water-proof and paintable (although mine are not painted here).
Gabriel from California sent me this wonderful picture of his daughter and her science fair project about pop pop boats. Here is an interesting article that describes pulsating heat pipes (PHP) which incorporate the same principles that make pop pop boats work. This poject is started because soon my son Miikka will have his birthday (he will be 7) and the tradition is that then we build something with all the kids that come to the party.
So now the plan is making putt putt boats out of milk package, and a engine of a beer can plus two straws.
Sins a few days our supermarket is selling a new kind package that is smaller and  higher, somehow it made me think of a dragon boat. Out of a pommesmajo (French fries+mayonnaise) tray, I made the most useless  putt putt boat.


Have a blast testing and racing!For tips and hints on reducing drag and other hydrodynamics, view our PDF.
When light from the sun reaches the solar cells (photovoltaic cells) electrons are released through the cells and into an electrical circuit.
I made my own boat models but wanted to stay in the science toymaker tradition and use only really simple recycle material.
I added a rudder, I use wood (toothpick) and hot-glued it in the rudder  then fold a strip around it and staple it. This electricity will be used to power the motor of your boat.This information comes from the NEED project. In either case the engine is the same, made from a cut-up aluminum soft drink can and drinking straws. You can see other people's projects (and add yours if you send a picture) in the GALLERY OF POP POP BOATS.




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