Designing a Faster Water Pump (Lesson 7)

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Mike Hellis
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Estimated Activity Length:
1 hour 30 min
Learning Goal(s):

Students will be able to use available tools to design and test a solar water pump, refine their design, test and finally evaluate their efforts. Through this process students will understand and gain experience with the engineering design process.

Next Generation Science Standard(s) Met:

Students use all their prior knowledge to design and construct a water pump that can pump 1 cup of water the fastest.

Science Kit Material(s) Used

1.5-Volt 500mA Solar Module
2-Volt, 500mA Solar Modules
Kidwind Small Water Pump

Other Material(s) Used

(4) Mirrors • (2) Solar Module/Mirror Holders • Two small clear plastic tubs (small sandwich containers work well) with a cup measurement line marked on both (at one-cup and two-cup measurement points) • Masking tape • Stop watch