Water Wheels

Shows & Workshops
Duration: 60 min
Suitable For: KS1, KS2

With developing sources of clean, renewable energy becoming even more important, this interactive workshop brings global issues to your classroom in a highly accessible way. We’ll discuss the differences between renewable and non-renewable energy sources before introducing the challenge: to create the most effective water wheel design.

Children will use our custom-made, 3D-printed kits to design, build and test water wheels, developing several Working Scientifically skills including asking questions, collecting data, observing and drawing conclusions.  Depending on the age group of your class, we’ll emphasise different aspects of these skills, making sure that the learning is always age and stage appropriate.

Children will work in groups of four, as this encourages discussion, questioning, teamwork and communication while ensuring that every child has plenty of opportunities to take part.

The workshop focusses on using hydropower.  If your focus is solar energy, you may be interested in booking our Solar K’nex Workshops, suitable for Y2 upwards.  The workshops can also be run together, as part of a Renewable Energy Day.  Please contact us using the online form to the right to discuss this further.

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Our experienced team will put together a full or part-day programme of shows and workshops that fits into your school timetable and that allows sufficient time to set up, reset or clear away. The programme is tailored to each school and can usually include a mixture of activities for different Key Stages. A small number of activities may require two Science Oxford staff members, who could also run two streams of other activities simultaneously.

For timetables involving one staff member:

£230+VAT for a part day
£320+VAT for a whole day
15% discount for Member Schools

For timetables involving two staff members:

£360+VAT for a part day
£495+VAT for a whole day
15% discount for Member Schools

This is an example of a schedule of a full day with Science Oxford in your school:

Contact our schools team with any questions on [email protected] 

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