Design and Technology KS2: How to create an eco-friendly water wheel

Presenters Lauren Layfield and Joe Tracini and The Dengineers team help the kids from Claire House Children's Hospice create a tree-house inspired village den.

They take a closer look at the den's water wheel, and demonstrate how they have made it environmentally friendly.

The wheel needs a constant flow of water to keep it moving so, to avoid leaving a tap running, the team have had a pump fitted to the wheel that sucks water up from the pit and transports it to the top of the wheel.

As the water drops back into the bottom it's sucked back up by the pump, through the hose and back round the wheel.

This means the water is constantly recycled.

Teacher Notes

This could be used to introduce the process of design, and as a prompt for class discussion and learning in areas such as initial research, designing and making a structure.

Pupils could look at how a water wheel works, and investigate how the water keeps it turning.

They could come up with other ways the den could be made environmentally friendly.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching Design and Technology at KS2 in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland and 1st and 2nd level in Scotland.

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