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Children, from about 6 years old on, can make this real steam propelled boat under adult supervision. Of course, for live steam you need water and fire (or heat at least).The water heated in steam is taken from the water the boat sails in. You can decorate the boat as long as you use materials that resist to water and in some degree to heat. Just thought I would stop by and say that I made these today with a group of 7-year-olds from my daughter's class. I just made this with my cub scout group age 8-7 they loved it and all could handle the tube bending great instuctions. Keep the end of the sturdy tube at least a couple of centimeter from the point where the pipe is coiling around the tool. Send me a message if you're interested in Technology or Science Workshops in Flanders, Brussels or the Southern of the Netherlands.
Ever wonder what you could do with all those tin cans other than put them in the recycling bin? 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.

There were 7 girls in total and they made and spray-painted their boats, and decorated them. The best trick I've found is to cap one end, fill it with sand, and cap the other end before bending. That is wat I have seen in examples with larger diameter tubes: a smaller diameter tube is inserted in each end. The invention of the steam-powered boat revolutionised water transportation, providing Americans with a better way to travel.
One could consider something similar with foam, but that might even be more dangerous than plain foam. Just thought I'd throw in some of my years of trial and error for the younger experimenters out there.
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. If the heat accidently converts the foam to gasses under the foil, suddenly erupting and possibly igniting. It's also possible by hand (SLOWLY!) and you can always break out the torch and heat it up. Because of the complexity of making model steam boats, there aren't many plans geared for children; however, you can make a model steamboat with a simple copper or brass coil as the steam engine. I wanted to make a construction manual for a simple pop-pop kit I am making for some friends and colleagues. So I thought: why not make my first instructable?This instructable is aimed at adults wanting to help children make a pop-pop boat at school, at home or wherever you like.

Do take your responsibility in dealing fire and steam and in assessing if and how the children can deal with it safely.I will not explain how pop-pop steamboats work, as you can find an extensive explanation on The Science Toymaker.
2cm diameter and 3cm length 1 piece of scrap wood, minimum 4cm x 15cm x 1cm 1 screw (length nearly equal to the thickness of the wood) 1 screw (2cm to 3cm longer than the thickness of the wood) Screwdrivers Sturdy tube 20cm long Long matches Pencil Show MoreHide Instructions 1 Make your metal coiling tool.
Take the scrap piece of wood; attach the wooden cylinder a few inches from one end using a screw and screwdriver. About us Use of this site constitutes acceptance of the Terms of use, Cookie policy, and Privacy policy of eHow.
Slide your sturdy tube over the end of the brass tube at the cylinder end of the wood with the end at least one to two cm away from cylinder.
Bend the brass around the cylinder using the wood and sturdy tube as levers, keeping the coils close to each other, and make four coils. Rotate the coil so that the remaining tube from the four coils are inserted between the cylinder and the screw, slide on the sturdy tube and repeat the above step.
Place your coiled brass or engine in the folded end of the pan with the brass tube touching the table.
Attach the engine with a binder clip, grasping both sides of the folded aluminium with the tubes in between. Put an Esbitor similar fuel tablet into the aluminium cup, strike a match, and drop it into the cup. model boat plans 16
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