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Water Tower Challenge

Lesson Focus 
Lesson focuses on water storage and how engineering helps communities preserve and supply water to populations. Students work in teams to design and build a water tower out of everyday materials that can "supply" and "shut off" water as needed. The system will need to deliver water in a controlled manner to a paper cup that is about 36 inches or 90 cm away in a controlled manner. They design their tower, build and test their system, evaluate their results, and share observations with their class.

Age Levels:

8 - 18
Objectives 
  • Learn about engineering design and redesign.
  • Learn about water delivery systems.
  • Learn how engineering can help solve society's challenges.
  • Learn about teamwork and problem solving.
Anticipated Learner Outcomes 

As a result of this activity, students should develop an understanding of:

  • engineering design
  • water systems
  • teamwork

Lesson Activities

Students explore how engineers have solved societal problems such as water delivery and storage. Students work in teams to develop a water tower out of everyday materials than can deliver water in a controlled manner to a paper cup. They evaluate their results, and the results of other teams, and share their reflections with the class.

Resources/Materials 
  • Teacher Resource Documents (attached)
  • Student Resource Sheet (attached)
  • Student Worksheet (attached)

Alignment to Curriculum Frameworks

Curriculum alignment sheet is included in PDF.


Alignment to Curriculum Frameworks
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