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Fish-Friendly Engineering

Source: Teach Engineering

Description: Students further their understanding of the salmon life cycle and the human structures and actions that aid in the migration of fish around hydroelectric dams by playing an animated PowerPoint game involving a fish that must climb a fish ladder to get over a dam. They first brainstorm their own ideas, and then learn about existing ways engineers have made dams "friendlier" to migrating fish, before being quizzed as part of the game.

Topics explored: Civil engineering; fish migration; fish ladder; environmental considerations; hydrology

Education Level

• Other Resources

Resource Type

• Curricula, Pacing Guides, Lesson Plans


• Env Science

• Engineering


• Energy Basics

• Fisheries

• Environmental Considerations