Early America and Engineering a Water Wheel

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STEM Engineering Challenge in the Colonies : Engineer a Waterwheel.

Looking for hands -on integration activities for your history and social studies classes? Add some STEM to your colonial history lessons with this fun activity that uses simple and easy to find supplies.

Perfect for combining simple machines and history.

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In “Engineer a Waterwheel” student groups will build a prototype of a waterwheel. Perfect for assessment of a student’s problem solving and collaboration skills, as well as providing insight into the challenges of the Colonial Era and a review of simple machines.

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  • role cards
  • inquiry questions
  • a rubric
  • an engineering design process poster
  • teacher notes with pictures
  • waterwheel background information with a helpful link and book reference
  • student pages

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20 pages
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
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.
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.
Review the key ideas expressed and explain their own ideas and understanding in light of the discussion.
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.
Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.


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