Intrinsic motivation anyone?  If you are looking for a project that will blow your students’ minds wide open, be completely relatable both pre- and post-project, and create a love for learning, then The Hovercraft Project exists for you. This project requires groups of 6-8 students that must work in a team setting, completing 11 different jobs, to build a low friction vehicle called a hovercraft. Along the way, students are immersed in the art of teamwork, team creation, and team dynamics. Students are motivated to complete their jobs accurately because, if they don’t, their team’s hovercraft may fail. Classroom learning is put into practice during the project to reinforce the valuable lessons teachers provide. After the hovercrafts are built, students must test multiple variables in order to adjust and optimize the performance characteristics of their hovercraft so they can compete in the distance competition at the end of the day. Oh and by the way, everyone rides who wants to – students, teachers, parents, volunteers, administrators, security guards, anyone that is present. The challenge for adults is not to smile when you ride these. I guarantee adults will think, “I wish I could have done this in grade school!” Students will create an educational memory that will last a lifetime.

There is so much more so feel free to contact The Hovercraft Project for a demonstration.

Matthew Chase
The Hovercraft Project

(847) 287-9242


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