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ERIC Number: EJ1078075
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Oct
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-2158-0502
The Water Turbine: An Integrative STEM Education Context
Grubbs, Michael E.; Deck, Anita
Technology and Engineering Teacher, v75 n2 p26-30 Oct 2015
Water turbines have long been used to make work easier for humans while minimizing energy consumption. They are not only used in small- and large-scale operations, but also provide a great context for Integrative STEM education. Students can begin to understand the technological processes available by designing, building, and testing different products that use energy to meet a human need or want. The activity described in this article provides a realistic context for the natural integration of STEM concepts. Depending on the grade level, students can calculate Ohm's Law and efficiency using a tachometer, use more realistic building materials, and create turbine designs over wheel designs that are much more sophisticated and based on engineering principles.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Virginia
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