STEM Challenge Water Pipeline Project

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4th - 5th
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This was a great resource to use as a STEM center after our whole middle school read the book "A Long Walk to Water." Students across 3 grade levels enjoyed the challenge.
Thank you for the resource. I'm using it for planning purposes to create my own STEM curriculum for next year. Thank you!
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Are you looking for a real-life STEM Challenge? Here’s a fantastic Earth Day activity that can be used all year long! It’s a water pipeline event! You will love the detailed teacher's guide and the extra information pages included in the file. Your students will love the challenging activity of creating a water pipeline!

NOTE: This challenge may be purchased in money-saving bundles

What is the challenge?

  • Students will be using materials to design and build a gravity-powered water pipeline.
  • They will transport water from the main tank to a smaller tank using an incline that will allow this movement.
  • They must also carefully connect the pipes and make sure those connections are watertight.
  • Testing and plugging leaks will be part of the task.
  • This is an easy prep challenge with simple supplies, but takes lots of trial and error and thinking!
  • Students will also be intrigued by the scenario of building the pipeline which tackles a household chore- how to get water to your dogs!

What is your prep?

You will need supplies in addition to this package. This includes straws, cups in two sizes, craft sticks in two sizes, masking tape, rubber bands, and towels.

The package specifically includes:

  • Cover
  • Teacher background
  • Materials and preparation page
  • 5 pages of teacher directions
  • Constraints list
  • 4 pages of photographs
  • Extra Hints page
  • Student lab sheet with sample answers
  • Science information page
  • Scoring rubric
  • Terms of Use page
  • All forms are provided in an editable format. The page count listed for this package includes everything.

This challenge will need 1 class session (1 hour) to complete.

Note: This challenge works perfectly with two others from the Earth Series:

Or you can purchase all three Earth Challenges in money-saving bundles:

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