Making Observations and Recording Data for Solar Powered Water Pumping

Get pumped about an activity with water pumps. The fifth of seven installments in the Understanding Science and Engineering unit has pupils learn how to make observations, record data, and create data displays. Each group measures the time it takes for a solar-powered pump to transfer water from one container to the other and then analyze the resulting data.

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CCSS: Designed
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Team up with a math teacher for the data displays portion of the activity
Classroom Considerations
  • Some materials are necessary; see the resource for a complete list
  • Prior experience with data collection is beneficial
Pros
  • Provides an Excel spreadsheet to record class data
  • Includes reproducible student handouts
Cons
  • None