Login or Register

800.334.5551 Live Chat

Carolina STEM Challenge®: Hydroelectric Power Kit

Item # 180952 Exclusive This product is exclusive to Carolina Biological Supply. With Digital This kit includes 1-year access to digital resources including videos, digital teacher’s manuals, printable student guides, interactive lessons, editable assessment questions, and more.

Product Highlights

  • Explore emerging energies while designing a waterwheel to compete with other teams in producing the most effective design.
  • High school engineering design challenge with enough materials to support 8 groups of students.
  • Carolina Kits 3D®—Lab activity that designs a solution for an engineering problem to support NGSS and 3-dimensional instruction.



In stock and available to ship.

Students apply their knowledge of energy and energy transformations to solve the engineering problem, “How can we improve the design of a hydroelectric power system to maximize output?” Students observe a hand generator and discuss the energy transformations that occur and how those transformations relate to a hydroelectric power system. Student teams are then challenged to design and build a device that uses the energy of falling water to turn an axle and lift a paper clip as a model for generating electricity. In refining their designs, teams attempt to produce a device that lifts the paper clip the highest using 100 mL of falling water.

Time Requirement
Total, 270 minutes over multiple class periods. Teacher prep, 60 minutes. Research and prototype, 60 minutes. Design challenge, 1 or 2 class periods. Presentations and assessment, 1 or 2 class periods.

Digital Resources
Includes 1-year access to digital resources that support 3-dimensional instruction for NGSS. Digital resources may include a teacher manual and student guide, pre-lab activities and setup videos, phenomenon videos, simulations, and post-lab analysis and assessments.

Performance Expectations

Crosscutting Concepts
Energy and Matter

Disciplinary Core Ideas
PS3.A: Definitions of Energy

Science and Engineering Practices
Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions

Learning Objectives

  • Design a waterwheel as a model of a hydroelectric power generator.
  • Evaluate how the structure and function of the model affect its performance and identify ways the model can be improved.
  • Understand the benefits of alternate energies to society and the environment.

Prior Knowledge and Skills
Students should be familiar with different types of energy, including gravitational potential energy, kinetic energy (including mechanical), and electrical energy. They should also understand energy transformations.

  • This item is only available from Carolina Biological Supply Company.

Product Families Featuring This Item:

Components Qty Included?
Hand Generator 1 Included
Bulb Holder 1 Included
Light Bulb 1 Included
Plastic Tanks 4 Included
Funnels 4 Included
Tubing, 6” 4 Included
Tubing Clamps 12 Included
Foam Cups 8 Included
Plastic Lids 16 Included
Small Spoons 100 Included
Large Spoons 100 Included
Medicine Cups 48 Included
String, 200 ft 1 Included
Disposable Pipets 4 Included
Clear Adhesive Tape 8 Included
Straws 24 Included
Paper Clips 4 Included
Parafilm® Squares 16 Included
Carolina Science Online® Resources (1-year subscription) 1 Included
Teacher’s Manual with Reproducible Student Guide 1 Included
Ring Stands with Clamps 8 Needed, Not Included
Graduated Cylinders, 100 mL 8 Needed, Not Included
Large Plastic Beakers 8 Needed, Not Included
Metric Rulers 8 Needed, Not Included
Scissors 8 Needed, Not Included
Water Needed, Not Included
Staplers (optional) Needed, Not Included
Glue (optional) Needed, Not Included

Carolina STEM Challenge® Emerging Energies Series

Engineer excitement!Carolina STEM Challenge

These NEW kits for middle and high school environmental science offer:

  • Exciting STEM components
  • Fun, challenging activities for students
  • Easy implementation, even if you are new to STEM
  • Unique topics in emerging energies

Carolina STEM Challenge® Emerging Energies Series kits engage and inspire students with fun, real-world design challenges in an exciting tournament-style format. Integrating STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) into your environmental science curriculum has never been more exciting or easier.

Carolina STEM Challenge® kits incorporate STEM components and focus on engineering concepts and practices in line with the Next Generation Science Standards. Student teams design, build, test, and compete in a cooperative-learning environment. This gives them the opportunity to strengthen their critical-thinking and creative problem-solving skills and reflect on their entry’s performance and what they could do to improve it.

Carolina STEM Challenge® kits are easy to use, even if you are new to STEM. We designed each kit to include everything you need for classroom success:

  • Warm-up activity with background information
  • STEM design template and challenge
  • Notebooking and literacy extensions
  • Materials and instructions to support small design teams
  • Grading rubrics