Students learn about hydroelectricity and make a model of a water turbine.
Students learn how water can be used to produce electricity.
Mississippi River, hydroelectricity, experiment, energy, water
computers with Internet access or printouts from the Web sites referenced in the Lesson Plan section below or other online or print resources, heavy cardboard, corks, tape, straight pins
Discuss hydroelectricity with students. Here are some good online resources:
Then help students make models of water turbines by following the directions at Experiment With Water to Produce Energy.
Evaluate students on their ability to accurately describe the results of their experiment.
Lesson Plan Source
Education World (with resources from California Energy Commission)