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Build a Steam-Powered Rocket Boat

Build a Steam-Powered Rocket Boat | Science Fair Projects | STEM Projects
Get ready to explore the power of steam! With this project, you'll build a boat that uses steam to propel it through the water. You'll learn about energy and propulsion as you build and test your boat.


The hypothesis is that the steam-powered boat will move through the water.

Method & Materials

You will build a boat out of balsa wood and attach two food warmer candles to it. You will also attach a metal tube with a cork in it to the boat.
You will need a metal tube, two pieces of strong wire, a cork, two food warmer candles, balsa wood, masking tape, a hammer, and three nails.


The experiment showed that the steam-powered boat was able to move through the water. This demonstrates the power of steam and how it can be used to propel objects.

Why do this project?

This science project is interesting and unique because it combines the principles of energy and propulsion to create a working boat.

Also Consider

Experiment variations to consider include using different types of fuel for the candles and using different shapes for the boat.

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