What Floats Your Boat?

Learn all about how boats float by exploring the concepts of buoyancy and displacement. Each student will build their own wooden toy boat and have a chance to float it, raise it and lower it in our model dry dock (a floating dock used to pull boats out of the water for maintenance). Then we’ll travel by boat on Lake Union to see full-sized boats in action and the real, working dry dock at Lake Union Dry Dock. Founded in 1916, it is one of the oldest businesses in Seattle.

Supports National Science Foundation Kits: “Balancing & Weighing” and “Liquids & Solids”

This field trip is part of the Lake Union History Afloat program and offers students a unique opportunity to connect classroom learning with hands-on experience. Each grade-specific module includes a shore-based activity and a chance to paddle as a group to a related site of historical significance on Lake Union. Each program is designed to support Washington State and Seattle Public Schools curriculum in History, Science and Art.

For groups of 31-50 students please choose Jumbo Field Trip.

Please note that Jumbo Fields Trips do not include Umiaq boat rides.


Our Field Trips are eligible for Pay-What-You-Can youth scholarships. Suggested prices are listed for each field trip, but schools and organizations who work with underserved youth are welcome to request discounted program fees.

To get started, please schedule your field trip, and we will follow up with you regarding PWYC. For more information, please email pwyc@cwb.org.


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