Students will need to understand the meaning and application of the following
vocabulary terms if they are to derive meaning from the Maker Activity:
Viscosity, Reynolds Number, Laminar, Compressibility, Hydraulic, Resistance and
Turbulent. If you have already introduced these concepts feel free to move on to
the Maker Activity. If not, you may find the lab activity, adapted from a Cornell
University Lesson, at the end of this document to be helpful.
What is the theme or topic to be presented?
Students will experiment with hydraulics in order to understand the principles of fluid dynamics while striving to achieve a set goal.
Students will be able to:
Design and build an object that demonstrates knowledge of the principles of fluid dynamics by using hydraulics to lift a five-gram weight.
Physics Standard Year 10:
4.4 Design and make tools that make use of the properties of fluid to facilitate
doing a job
Physics Standard Year 11:
4.6 Make simple projects by applying the principles of fluid dynamics
• Reynolds Number