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.

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Relevant NGSS PE:

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

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Kidwind Small Water Pump