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Waterwheel Work

Source: Teach Engineering

Description: Students learn the history of the waterwheel and common uses for water turbines today. They explore kinetic energy by creating their own experimental waterwheel from a two-liter plastic bottle. They investigate the transformations of energy involved in turning the blades of a hydro-turbine into work, and experiment with how weight affects the rotational rate of the waterwheel. Students also discuss and explore the characteristics of hydroelectric plants.

Topics explored: kinetic energy; water wheel; activity; energy conversion

Education Level

• Other Resources

Resource Type

• Curricula, Pacing Guides, Lesson Plans

Subject

• Engineering

Topic

• Energy Basics