Fresh, clean water is not in sufficient supply where large numbers of people live. Also, the amount of water on fertile land may not be enough to grow crops, or to sustain them through a drought. Aqueducts allow us to bring water from where it is plentiful to where it is useful. The city of Rome (Italy) constructed its first Roman aqueduct in 312bc: the Aqua Appia. New York City gets all its water fresh from upstate through major underground aqueducts. In short, for thousands of years, aqueducts have been essential so that people in cities have fresh water and so that we can grow the crops to feed ourselves.
Rationale for this lesson:
Students who are in science class are exposed to environmental issues which also include the human element such as the need for water to survive. Constructing an aqueduct will give students the knowledge of the historical and environmental aspect of what it takes to find and construct a method to move water from one area to another. Students will also consider the environment in their construct and try to create an eco-friendly method to each part of the construction. This lesson is geared towards current issues in our society that require future solutions using science and engineering.
Includes the following:
-Assessment Rubric on aqueduct construction
-Full Lesson Plan
-Video on Aqueducts from Rome Italy
-NYC water aqueduct information