Paddle Boat Project

The Paddle Boat Project combines a simple series circuit (motor, battery & switch) with foam, plastic and a cork to create forward motion on water. The speed is determined by the shape of your hull, your weight distribution and your paddle design. Hit the switch and watch it go! All needed materials are supplied. This project requires the use of common tools (list below). Soldering is encouraged, but is not absolutely required. (though it's a great maker skill to learn!)

There are lots of examples of cool boat projects on YouTube. We learned a lot from Navin Khambhala (Mr. NK)


Order your maker kits!

Introductory Pricing per pack of 10

Belt driven Car......$160

Paddle Boat............$110

Plane on a Stick....$170

Propeller Boat.......$135

Single Tread..........$135



What comes in each Paddle Boat kit?

Component Quantity
Switch 1
DC Motor 1
9V Battery 1
Battery Snaps 1
Black Wire 1 ft
Red Wire 1 ft
Styrofoam 1
Aluminum Sheet Metal 1
Plastic Tube 2
Synthetic Cork 1

What tools will I need to complete the Paddle Boat kit?

Tools are not included with the Paddle Boat kit.  A tool kit is available for lease upon request.

Soldering Tools: Soldering iron and solder
Soldering Tools: Helping hands for soldering
Soldering Tools: Tip Tinner
Side Cutters
Wire Strippers
Electrical Tape
Hot Glue Gun (Low Temp) w/ Glue Sticks
Cardboard Cutter

Where can you go to learn more?

Tools & Materials