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Dam Forces

Source: Teach Engineering

Description: Students learn how the force of water helps determine the size and shape of dams. They use clay to build models of four types of dams, and observe the force of the water against each type. They conclude by deciding which type of dam they, as Splash Engineering engineers, will design for Thirsty County.

Topics explored: hydropower basics; dam engineering history; hydrology; dam materials; dam types

Education Level

• High School

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Resource Type

• Visualizations, Animations, Videos, Games

• Curricula, Pacing Guides, Lesson Plans


• Engineering


• Energy Basics

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