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This resource for secondary physical science gives step-by-step instructions for building a water-powered electric generator from plastic spoons. The model closely resembles real micro-hydro designs, and can produce enough electricity to light a small light bulb. The 9-page construction plans may be freely downloaded and are organized for first-time builders. Comprehensive background information is provided on water power and renewable energy. All materials can be readily purchased from grocery or hardware store. Links are also provided to animated tours of hydroelectric plants and giant turbines. This item is part of a collection of K-12 projects on renewable energy sources and clean energy technology. Registered teacher-users have access to a complete lesson plan with teaching tips. Editor's Note: Although this resource is designated for use in Grades 6-12, the reading level for the student guide is Grade 9, and for background information is Grade 10. Overall, the concepts are appropriate for the cognitive level of Grades 7-8, but teacher scaffolding may be needed for unfamiliar vocabulary. High school students should be expected to complete the activity with minimal scaffolding.

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    • Grade 1
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    • Grade 5
    • Grade 6
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    • Grade 8
    • Grade 9
    • Grade 10
    • Grade 11
    • Grade 12

    Keywords:

    clean energy,NSDL,hydroelectric energy,energy,Grade 9,green energy,Motors and Generators,mechanical power,Middle School,Classical Mechanics,Grade 7,water power,Electromagnetic Induction,generator,Environmental science,Social Sciences,Other Sciences,Work and Energy,Grade 10,Grade 11,Grade 12,renewable energy,Grade 8,Ecology, Forestry and Agriculture,Informal Education,energy sources,Environmental Science,Work,NSDL_SetSpec_ncs-NSDL-COLLECTION-000-003-112-102,Conservation of Energy,Physics,oai:nsdl.org:2200/20130508143112245T,Electricity and Magnetism,hydroelectric generator,Mechanical Power,Engineering,High School,Technology,Geoscience

    Language:

    English

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    Public - Available to anyone

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    CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.3: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

    Follow precisely a multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks.

    CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.11-12.5: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

    Analyze how the text structures information or ideas into categories or hierarchies, demonstrating understanding of the information or ideas.

    CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.7: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

    Integrate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text with a version of that information expressed visually (e.g., in a flowchart, diagram, model, graph, or table).

    CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.11-12.9: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

    Synthesize information from a range of sources (e.g., texts, experiments, simulations) into a coherent understanding of a process, phenomenon, or concept, resolving conflicting information when possible.

    CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.9-10.10: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

    By the end of grade 10, read and comprehend science/technical texts in the grades 9—10 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
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