Lesson Focus

Lesson focuses on how watermills generate power. Student teams design and build a working watermill out of everyday products and test their design in a basin. Student watermills must be able to sustain three minutes of rotation. As an extension activity, older students may design a gear system that is powered by the watermill. Students then evaluate the effectiveness of their watermill and those of other teams, and present their findings to the class.


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Full Lesson Plan
Student Worksheets


Age Levels:

8 – 18

Objectives

  • Learn about engineering design.
  • Learn about planning and construction.
  • Learn about teamwork and working in groups.

Anticipated Learner Outcomes

As a result of this activity, students should develop an understanding of:

  • structural engineering and design
  • problem solving
  • teamwork

Lesson Activities

Students learn how watermills have been used throughout the ages to harness the power of water. Students work in teams to develop a their own watermill out of everyday items, then test their watermill, evaluate their own watermills and those of other students, and present their findings to the class.

Resources/Materials

  • Teacher Resource Documents (attached)
  • Student Worksheets (attached)
  • Student Resource Sheets (attached)

Alignment to Curriculum Frameworks

Curriculum alignment sheet is included in PDF.