Designing a Faster Water Pump

Things can always be made better. The culminating installment in the seven-part Understanding Science and Engineering unit has pupils design their own water pumps. In groups, they build a prototype of a design of their choice, then test the pumps. Individuals then redesign and make improvements to the pumps based on the results.

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CCSS: Designed
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Have a presentation night where learners showcase their creations
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires knowledge from previous lessons in the unit
  • Knowledge of the engineering design process is crucial
Pros
  • Fosters teamwork and creativity
  • Includes worksheets for each stage of the activity
Cons
  • None