Energy- Water- Renewable Energy- Lab
Water is a renewable energy source and hydro electrical power plants supply about 10% of the electrical energy in the United States. Water Power Laboratory is a hands-on activity which allows children to investigate the power of water and the reasoning behind the design of hydroelectric power plants. It includes analysis questions to encourage students to reflect on their data and a claim- evidence- reasoning activity which teaches students to use evidence to back up their claims and explain their reasoning. Claim- Evidence- Reasoning is in alignment with common core. We have used this activity successfully in introducing students to different energy sources. This can also be a tie in from learning about electrical circuits and the different ways that electricity is produced.
In designing laboratory activities, I try to keep things simple and inexpensive. The materials necessary for this activity are an empty ½ gallon milk carton, a ruler or measuring tape, tape and water.