In order to kick off the countdown to the Big Bang Fair in the UK, the fair collaborated with a group of young students at Tottenham UTC to build a real origami boat. Using hundreds of feet of paper, this boat was nearly 12' long and could acutally support the weight of an adult when it set sail in the water.
When the boat set sail on its "maiden voyage," the origami ship was captained by Morwenna Wilson, an award-winning mechanical engineer and a descendant of Isambard Kingdom Brunel. In his lifetime, Brunel was known for building dockyards, the Great Western Railway and some of the largest ships ever built in his time. In building an impressive paper boat that actually functions, this is a great science and history lesson for kids.