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Design and Build a Kayak from PVC Pipe and Shrink-Wrap



A real-world “sink or swim” challenge for students in grades 9–12. Following the IDEAL problem-solving process, students design and construct a prototype kayak using only PVC piping, zip ties, and shrink-wrap. Then students take their kayaks for a test run in the school pool. This project appeared in the April 2011 issue of Tech Directions. It has been reformatted for easy classroom use and also includes an evaluation form and a list of standards met.