FAIRFIELD — The marbles were piling up in Alec Merodio and Robert Wright’s aluminum boat Saturday.
“We’re at 250 and not touching the bottom,” exclaimed Robert, 12.
The boys were testing the buoyancy of a float they formed out of foil. They managed to add 270 marbles before their boat sunk in a tub of water.
The experiment was hosted by 4-H members in the Science Engineering Technology program during Presentation Day at Green Valley Middle School.
SET members Daniel Liu, 16, and Jacob Hinkle, 16, – both of Westwood 4-H – were manning the station.
“The goal is to think about what’s the best boat design,” Daniel said.
Alec and Robert set Saturday’s marble record by making a big, flat boat.
“We made it flat, and we spanned all the marbles in different directions to make sure it was flat,” Robert said.
While the pair found success at the SET exhibit, it was unclear in the afternoon whether they would win recognition for their club’s “Share the Fun” presentation. Members of the Suisun Valley 4-H Club performed a humorous skit that Robert described as “a joke, basically” about making a year-end 4-H record book.
“We gave a humorous spin to what could have been a very stressful event,” said Alec, 11.
A record book calculates all the stuff a 4-H member has done over the year, Robert said.
“I hope we get gold,” he said.
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