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Swim to and from the Sea

Source: Teach Engineering

Description: Students are introduced to the basic biology behind Pacific salmon migration and the many engineered Columbia River dam structures that aid in their passage through the river's hydroelectric dams. Students apply what they learn about the salmon life cycle as they think of devices and modifications that might be implemented at dams to permit the natural cycle of fish migration, and as they make (hypothetical) Splash Engineering presentations about their proposed fish mitigation solutions for Birdseye River's dam in Thirsty County.

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

Education Level

• Other Resources

Resource Type

• Curricula, Pacing Guides, Lesson Plans


• Env Science

• Engineering


• Energy Basics

• Fisheries

• Environmental Considerations