Solar Powered Water Pumping

Here's the perfect instructional activity for those who think the world needs faster pumps. Building on the previous activity, scholars work to make the pumps function faster in transferring water between containers. They try adding an additional solar module, using mirrors to direct light to the modules and ramps to change the angle of the solar modules. They record their data and determine which method was the best.

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CCSS: Designed
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Have the class design their own additional experiments to conduct
Classroom Considerations
  • Sixth of seven parts in the Understanding Science and Engineering unit
  • Requires knowledge of electric circuits and water pumps from prior lessons
  • Provides student worksheets and recording sheets
  • Lists some possible extensions for learners in different grades
  • Note that the handouts have multiple typos and grammatical errors