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Are you enjoying our DIY activities? We can tell from your excited comments that you have been consciously trying out our experiments, and we couldn’t be happier! After all, it is our aim to ensure that while you enjoy these activities, you get a firsthand experience as well and learn something off-beat in the process (not to forget; you get to show them off too, with pride). Hence, we research a lot and sometimes we perform these activities in our lab too. Only after that, we share with you the best DIY activities every month.
So gear up, as this month, we enter the wonderland of physics and try out this simple yet effective DIY activity.
You may have heard about natural resources and how they help us sustain our everyday life. In fact, the house you live in, the food you consume or the car your parents drive are all made possible thanks to naturally available resources on Earth.
Take, for instance, the sun, which we can use to generate power from. Similarly, we can also use running water to generate electricity. In fact, hydropower was one of the first ever sources of energy that was used to create electricity. It works by using the flow of water to move a turbine.
A water wheel is a mini version of the actual method to generate hydropower. A water wheel usually consists of two large wooden or metal wheels that have paddles or buckets arranged along the outer edge or rim of the wheels. As the water flows, it pushes the wheel and therefore creates movement along the axle. The pace of the spinning wheel creates kinetic energy, which in turn gets converted into electricity.
Today, we are going to make a version of this water wheel to understand how the water actually turns the wheel without any external force.
Note: You need to take help of adults while cutting the foam.
Note: You NEED to wear your safety glasses in this step to avoid any accidents.
Step Four: Make a stand
Step Five: Stick them together
Will you try out this experiment? What else did you learn from this process? Do tell us in the comments below.
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