Quick summary: Students experiment with water energy by creating a water turbine out of a plastic bottle.
These Snappy Science resources have been created to boost science education in primary schools across Australia. Each lesson is designed to support teachers with the scientific knowledge, ideas and resources to stimulate a sense of wonder and curiosity in their students. Many of the big issues that Australian society will face in the future are around technology, energy, resources and climate change. All of these require students to engage with science – but most of all to enjoy science!
Science at Home: These Snappy Science resources can also be used to engage families in fun science and learning for life. You can download a student friendly version of this activity here and you can also check out the Snappy Science Digital Library.
General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking.
Australian Curriculum content description: This activity is relevant to Science Inquiry Skills across all primary year levels of the Australian Curriculum.
Year 2 Science
- Earth’s resources, including water, are used in a variety of ways (ACSSU032)
- A push or a pull affects how an object moves or changes shape (ACSSU033)
Year 6 Science
- Energy from a variety of sources can be used to generate electricity (ACSSU219)
Syllabus Outcomes: ST1-9ES, ST1-7PW, ST3-6PW.
Time required: 10 – 15 minutes to set up and demonstrate water turbine.
Resources required: Large plastic bottle, pencil or knitting needle, plastic straws, tape, string, water.
Safety advice: Depending on student age or ability, teacher may need to assist with poking holes into the water bottle using a pencil or knitting needle.
Keywords: Water, turbine, bottle.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.