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Science First Hand; Waterwheels


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Science First Hand
Series Description

Get a first-hand view of how teachers approach hands-on science activities and how students respond. These videos show three middle school teachers using class projects to help their students gain a deeper understanding of basic science principles such as force, simple machines, and mechanical advantage. Seeing these students questioning and experimenting makes a compelling case for encouraging exploration, and illustrates the testing process and how students learn from their role as researchers. Series release date: 1994

Program Description

Working in groups of four or five, eighth graders are challenged to build a waterwheel that lifts 10 nails. This video emphasizes student understanding of key science ideas — forces, simple machines, and mechanical advantage.

Asset Type

Broadcast program

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Chicago: “Science First Hand; Waterwheels,” 02/01/1994, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed August 23, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_B43ACE94E2754640BAF557A81DB4F15F.
MLA: “Science First Hand; Waterwheels.” 02/01/1994. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. August 23, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_B43ACE94E2754640BAF557A81DB4F15F>.
APA: Science First Hand; Waterwheels. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_B43ACE94E2754640BAF557A81DB4F15F
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