Maya's physics project, "Shaped for Speed," tested the effect of shape on the performance of boat hulls. She made simple aluminum foil hulls, which she floated in a tub of water. She added a drop of soap to the back of each boat, which propelled it across the tub. Maya is very familiar with the surfactant properties of soap. She tested four designs and discovered two were particularly good. Maya created a fifth design to extend her tests. She also tested both hot and cold water. All in all, Maya is an inquisitive young scientist!
Maya's award was created by one of RAFT's champions, Greg Brown, and was made using recycled materials:
•Surplus aluminum sheet
•Articulated arm to hold old-style phone on dash
•Space Shuttle clay molds
•Used pencil cup
•Recycled trophy parts
The tilted triangle at the top is the same shape as one of Maya’s most successful aluminum boat designs.