Hydropower Inventions

ByStrawbees

In this lesson learn about the various mechanical inventions for laborious tasks eventually turning to utilize running water sources as renewable hydropower for a community. Students will create a mill and pour water over the wheel in a place where water can be collected and reused to power the movement to simulate a historical invention for grinding wheat and grains.

  • SDGs
    Goal 7 - Affordable and clean energy
    Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.
    Goal 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
    Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.
  • NGSS
    4-ESS3-1 - Earth and Human Activity
    4
    Obtain and combine information to describe that energy and fuels are derived from natural resources and their uses affect the environment.
    5-ESS3-1 - Earth and Human Activity
    5
    Obtain and combine information about ways individual communities use science ideas to protect the Earth’s resources and environment.
    MS-PS3-5 - Energy
    6,7,8
    Construct, use, and present arguments to support the claim that when the kinetic energy of an object changes, energy is transferred to or from the object.
    3-5-ETS1-1 - Engineering Design
    3,4,5
    Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.
    3-5-ETS1-2 - Engineering Design
    3,4,5
    Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
    3-5-ETS1-3 - Engineering Design
    3,4,5
    Plan and carry out fair tests in which variables are controlled and failure points are considered to identify aspects of a model or prototype that can be improved.
    MS-ETS1-1 - Engineering Design
    6,7,8
    Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions.
    MS-ETS1-2 - Engineering Design
    6,7,8
    Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
  • Common Core ELA
    CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.3
    4, Reading: Informational Text, Key Ideas and Details
    Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text.
    CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.7
    4, Reading: Informational Text, Integration of Knowledge and Ideas
    Interpret information presented visually, orally, or quantitatively (e.g., in charts, graphs, diagrams, time lines, animations, or interactive elements on Web pages) and explain how the information contributes to an understanding of the text in which it appears.
    CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.3
    5, Reading: Informational Text, Key Ideas and Details
    Explain the relationships or interactions between two or more individuals, events, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text based on specific information in the text.
    CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.7
    5, Reading: Informational Text, Integration of Knowledge and Ideas
    Draw on information from multiple print or digital sources, demonstrating the ability to locate an answer to a question quickly or to solve a problem efficiently.
    CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.6.3
    6, Reading: Informational Text, Key Ideas and Details
    Analyze in detail how a key individual, event, or idea is introduced, illustrated, and elaborated in a text (e.g., through examples or anecdotes).
    CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.6.7
    6, Reading: Informational Text, Integration of Knowledge and Ideas
    Integrate information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words to develop a coherent understanding of a topic or issue.
    CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.7.3
    7, Reading: Informational Text, Key Ideas and Details
    Analyze the interactions between individuals, events, and ideas in a text (e.g., how ideas influence individuals or events, or how individuals influence ideas or events).
    CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.8.3
    8, Reading: Informational Text, Key Ideas and Details
    Analyze how a text makes connections among and distinctions between individuals, ideas, or events (e.g., through comparisons, analogies, or categories).
    CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.8.7
    8, Reading: Informational Text, Integration of Knowledge and Ideas
    Evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of using different mediums (e.g., print or digital text, video, multimedia) to present a particular topic or idea.
  • STEAM Classroom
Age range
9-14+
Duration
45m
Grades:
United States 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Topics
Earth and Human Activity
Energy
Engineering Design
Renewable Energy
SDGs
Assets
  • Student Journal
  • Guide - Simple Machines and Linkages

Hydropower Inventions

Hydropower Inventions