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Water Fountain

Lesson Focus 
This lesson demonstrates how a hydraulic pump works. Students work in teams to design and build a unique water fountain that employs a hydraulic pump.

Age Levels:

10 - 18
Objectives 
  • Explore hydraulic pumps.
  • Design & build a water fountain.
  • Implement the engineering design process to solve the design challenge.
Anticipated Learner Outcomes 

As a result of this activity, students will have:

  • Explored hydraulic pumps.
  • Designed & built a water fountain.
  • Implemented the engineering design process to solve the design challenge.
Lesson Activities 

Students discuss water fountains and pumps. Student teams then observe a demonstration of a hydraulic pump. Next they will design, build, test, and redesign their own unique water fountain. Each team will demonstrate their water fountain and share their responses to reflection questions.

Resources/Materials 
  • Teacher Resource Documents (attached)
  • Student Resource Sheet (attached)
  • Student Worksheets (attached)

Alignment to Curriculum Frameworks

Curriculum alignment sheet is included in PDF.


Alignment to Curriculum Frameworks
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