Making Waves

Teaching Resources


This project introduces students to boating technology, particularly the design of the hull. Stability, speed, trim, and planing are explored by designing, making and testing. The project is easy to make and fun to test. Student notes are rigorous and the classroom video makes sure the class is heading in the right direction. There is an amazing range of design possibilities making this an excellent STEM project. The teaching resource pack covers the key concepts in theory and making in detail.


Our aim is to support teachers with all the resources you need to successfully run this project in your classroom. We provide a teaching resource pack which includes teacher notes and student notes as well as the classroom video, as well as class packs of consumables.

  • Soldering iron
  • Wire strippers
  • Coping saw
  • Rasping file
  • Sanding paper
  • Long 4mm drill bit
  • Drill
  • Hotwire cutter
  • Vacuum former
  • Teaching resource pack
  • Modelling foam
  • Motor assembly
  • 2 x C batteries per student

Motor Assembly

Code: MWMA

The motor assembly comes in parts and each student will need to push the red coupling tube on the motor (do this as soon as the pack is opened), thread the propeller on the shaft, solder the black wire on the (non vent) motor terminal and connect the shaft to the coupling. Note that 2 …

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Vacuum Forming Sheet


Packs of 100 sheets of 1mm and 1.5mm HIPS for vacuum forming. Sheet size 458mm x 254mm sized for the 725 FLB vacuum former. Colours: white, blue, clear (each pack is one colour only)

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Code: BMMF

600mm x 600mm x 50mm sheet. This is a great modelling material. It can be filed, drilled, cut and sanded. It is soft yet rigid, is safe for students, and is perfect for the Biomouse project. One sheet will do 8 hulls for the Making Waves project (at 300mm x 150mm piece size) and at …

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