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Transport of water

Life support: Direct water flow to plants

This unit is designed for children 9 – 10 years old.

This unit is about agricultural engineering and it relates to the science curriculum on plants. The unit consists of four lessons.EDP-illustration

Teacher invites pupils into the Engineer project in lesson 1. The unit starts with a story about a boy to moves to another planet to build a settlement there. Pupils learn about importance of the plants for all forms of life. Plants can accept energy from the Sun and change it into chemical substance. Pupils find connection between food and plants.

In lesson 2 pupils draw a plan for building a greenhouse.  The greenhouse needs to provide plants with everything  they need to grow. So pupils learn to know what plants need. The pupils undertake an experiment on the transport of up water in plants and with materials which soak water.

Lesson 3 is the main construction lesson. Pupils select materials which they are going to use. The story gets to the point, where the main character needs to solve the problem of how to transport water without using energy to survive on the another planet. Pupils build their a construction to transport water.

Pupils evaluate their constructions in  lesson 4 and they discuss possible improvements. They also try to draw a draft of their construction.

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>Click here to download the teacher guide - agricultural engineering and plants

>Here are the trainings handbooks for facilitating an ENGINEER training for teachers
 For further information, contact : Ondrej Votruba, ondrej.votruba@techmania.cz