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Build a Water Wheel - Flinn STEM Design Challenge™

By: The Flinn Staff

Item #: AP8050

Price: $51.20

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In the Build a Water Wheel—Flinn STEM Design Challenge™ Kit, learn about water power and actively engage in science and engineering practices. Build an eight bucket water wheel With the provided materials.

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Hydropower has been used to do work for thousands of years. Water wheels transfer the energy of flowing water to mechanical energy to press, grind, crush, lift and saw. Students have fun while building water wheels and determining how much power the wheel can generate! In the first part of this activity, students build an eight-bucket water wheel, choosing from the materials provided. Each group then tests its wheel, collecting data and making observations as the wheel turns and lifts a load. Next, students brainstorm and decide how to make improvements to their design. Variables such as the size, shape, and number of buckets are considered. The improved water wheels are given a final test to determine maximum power generated. A unique testing-station setup eliminates the need for hot glue and allows for easy modification of the water wheels. As students learn about water power, they actively engage in science and engineering practices! Complete for 30 students working in groups of three and two testing stations. A source of running or falling water is required for each testing station.


Materials Included in Kit: 
Binder clip, medium, 4
Cap, molded, 70 mm diameter, with ½" hole drilled in center, 10
Cup, polypropylene, 40
Dishes, weighing, 0.5 g, 1⅝" x 1⅝" x 5/16", 40
Disposable dish, aluminum, 20 mL, 40
Hex nut, zinc plated steel, ¼"-20, 20
Masking tape, ½" x 60 yd, 3
O-ring, rubber, ¼"i.d., 3/32" w, 4
Paper clip, jumbo, 2", 2 
Plastic tub, 2
Rubber tubing, black, ½" length, ¼" i.d. x ½" o.d., 2
String, thin, ball of ⅙ lb, 331 m
Transfer pipet, narrow stem, 15 mL capacity bulb, 40
Wood dowel rod, ¼ diameter, 12", 2