 Water Wheel Curriculum

Engineering Design Process

Overview:  Humans use energy to power the world we live in.  Our energy choices are important.  Engineers play a vital role in developing technology that impacts the way we get our energy.

Student Goals:  Students will explain how we get our energy and what renewable energy is.  Students will understand the engineering design process.

Learning Targets – “I Can” Statements

• I can describe where we get our energy from.
• I can describe what renewable energy is.
• I can use the engineering design process to create a model waterwheel.

NGSS Standard:

• ETS1-1 Define the criteria and constraints if 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 environments that may limit possible solutions.

CCSS:

• CCSS.Math.6.NS.3 Fluently add, subtract, multiply, and divide multi-digit decimals using
• the standard algorithm for each operation
• CCSS. Math.6.NS.2 Fluently divide multi-digit numbers using the standard algorithm.
• CCSS.Math.Content.6.SP.B.5.b Describing the nature of the attribute under investigation, including how it was measured and its units of measurement.
• CCSS.Math.6.RP.2. Understand the concept of a unit rate a/b associated with a ratio a:b with b ≠ 0, and use rate language in the context of a ratio relationship.
• CCSS.Math.6.SP.3. Recognize that a measure of center for a numerical data set summarizes all of its values with a single number, while a measure of variation describes how its values vary with a single number.

Materials:  Paper plates, 3×5 index cards, one ¼” by 24” wooden dowel, various sizes  of cups (paper and plastic), masking tape, string, paper clips, straws, plastic spoons, scissors, metal washers, stop watch, giant tub, scoop, 20 lbs rice.

Lesson Order:

1. Engineering Design Pre-Test_Post Test
2. Step 2: Spend 5 days doing the EEI background unit: Energy:It’s Not All the Same to You.
3. Present Step 3 to provide further background information and a hook (see youtube video) for the engineering section. Students will complete the Micro Hydro Cornell Notes.

http://practicalaction.org/micro-hydro-power-4

1. Step 4: Present and complete the “Cost of Electricity” assignment.
2. Step 5: Present the Engineering Design Process video and worksheet. After watching the video, discuss the process Wes went through in creating the hand.