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Water Wheel Generator—Historical Inventions Laboratory Kit

By: The Flinn Staff

Item #: AP8356

Price: $124.75

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A water wheel and a simple AC generator are combined to construct a hydroelectric generator that will enhance students’ engineering skills and allow for a full appreciation of a monumental development from the Industrial Revolution!

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In the modern day, we are well accustomed to having electricity in our homes, schools and offices; this energy comes from many types of power plants. At the budding of the industrial revolution in the 18th century, the main source of industrial power was produced by water wheels. Initially used to convert the potential energy of free-flowing water to mechanical energy, the discovery of induced electric currents led to the conversion of mechanical energy into electrical energy. Student understanding increases as they actually see how energy from falling water is converted into electricity. A water wheel and a simple AC generator are combined to construct a hydroelectric generator that will enhance students’ engineering skills and allow for a full appreciation of a monumental development from the Industrial Revolution!

Complete for 24 students working in groups of 4.

Specifications

Materials Included in Kit:
Binder clip, medium, 12
Cork, size #14, ea, 6
Dishes, weighing, 1.5 g, 3½" x 3½" x 1", 6
Dowel rod, wood, 3/16" diameter, 12" long, 12
Foam base, 14" x 5" x 1", 6
Gear set, 6
Iron nails, 3" long, 6
LED, clear, red, 12
Magnet wire, 30-gauge, 200 ft spool, 6
Mailing tube, cardboard , 6
Map pins, assorted, box/100
Neodymium magnet ½" x ", 12
Sandpaper sheet, 9" x 11"
Soda bottle, 2 L, 6
Stoppers, solid, size #6, 6
Transfer pipet, narrow stem, 15 mL capacity bulb, 18


Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Asking questions and defining problems
Developing and using models
Planning and carrying out investigations
Obtaining, evaluation, and communicating information

Disciplinary Core Ideas

MS-PS3.B: Conservation of Energy and Energy Transfer
HS-PS3.B: Conservation of Energy and Energy Transfer

Crosscutting Concepts

Systems and system models
Energy and matter
Structure and function

Performance Expectations

HS-PS3-3. Design, build, and refine a device that works within given constraints to convert one form of energy into another form of energy.