Investigation: Water Wheel

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Middle school scientists construct a working water wheel from an aluminum pie pan. Because of the sharp edges on the cut aluminum, this activity is for mature learners only. You could have your class compete to see whose wheel can lift the most weight, or have them share maximum weights to be graphed by each individual student.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Pros

  • A pertinent demonstration of hydropower as an energy source
  • Addresses CCSS.Content.ELA.Literacy.RST.6-8.3 by having learners follow a step-by-step scientific procedure
  • The experience is applied to real-world hydropower plants
Cons

  • None
Common Core