Saturday, August 20, 2016

The Adventure of a Group Project--Part 2

Last time I told you about the adventures of doing a group project with the DodgerDog. Well, we have officially finished the project! Yay! :)

This is our picture of the size of the Ark. See the elephant?

Here are our blueprints, or "White-prints" as Jelly Bean insisted we call it!

The DodgerDog working on taping the paper model together. That was a whole separate adventure! We had to try to keep the edges lined up and tape them together and not smash the ark all at once. It was a job for many hands!

Here is the finished ark from the front. The door is on this side, but it blends in really well!

 Here it is! The final product!

We also wrote a couple of paragraphs to go along with the assignment to show what we researched. Here they are:

What did Noah's Ark Look Like?

First of all, the word "ark" literally means "box." So Noah's ark would have looked like a giant box. In order to be stable, it most likely would have been slightly pointed at the ends.
God told Noah to make the ark out of gopher wood. This timber is from an unidentified tree, but I would guess it was pretty strong.
There were rooms inside the ark, and 3 decks. The inside and outside were coated with pitch to keep the water out.
How big was the ark? It was HUGE! The length was 300 cubits, or 450 feet. That is just a little bit over a football field in length. It was 50 cubits, or 75 feet, wide and 30 cubits, or 45 feet, tall. There was a roof that came to a point 1 cubit (18 inches) above the rest of the ark, and a door set in the side.
It must have been a strange sight as Noah, Shem, Ham, and Japheth built this giant box in the middle of a place that had NEVER known what rain was!
~Silent Storm

Ship Stability

To build a ship that will float, you can’t just put a bunch of wood together and stick it in the water. There are many things that go into making a ship stable. There are also good reasons for making your ship stable in the water. If it is not stable, you will lose cargo, passengers, crew, and your ability to steer it. There are a few things necessary to making you ship stable.
The first thing you will need to know is that the larger your ship is, the less it will be tossed around. If you are in a kayak, you will be tossed around by the ocean. A small motor boat will not be tossed as badly as a kayak though. If you take a ferry boat like the one we take to summer camp, 2-3 decks, about 100’ long and 25’ wide, you will not be tossed as much. But the ships that do not get tossed around by the ocean are the cruise ships, they are very long and wide. Which makes it hard for the ocean to toss it around. The larger ships have smaller motions and are not capsized as easily.
Another thing that helps with stability is the boat’s weight. A kayak has your weight and maybe another person, this allows the ocean to easily toss you around. A cruise ship has a large crew and I would guess around 100 passengers. Everybody has luggage which makes the ship very heavy, this makes it harder for the water to throw the ship around. You also want more of your weight on the bottom not the top. If the ship is top heavy, then it will want to roll over, just like if you glue a weight to the top of an Easter egg. The egg will want to roll so that the heavier side is underneath.
We had a lot of fun on this project together and I can say that I am very proud of our work!
P.S. If you want to read the story of Noah's flood for yourself, read it in Genesis 6-9.
P.S. again: We used and and the Bible (written by God) for our information.

(The pictures on this post are originals taken by Silent Storm. Please do not duplicate without my permission. Thanks!)



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