Build your own dam with this great activity from ZOOM!
Through a Hydroelectric Project
Just how does water create electricity? Take a "virtual" tour
through a hydroelectric plan and see how dams can turn the force of falling
water into electricity.
There has been a lot in the news about dams and fish. How do fish manage
to get by a dam? Can they?
National Geographic has put together a Geo-Guide on investigating dams
to help you contemplate why—and how—people build dams, and to explore
the good and bad impacts a dam may have on a community.
This is a great site about dams. Explore the pros and cons to building
dams and investigate the building principles of dams and what happens
when dams fail.
River Dam Controversy
There is controversy surrounding the Snake River Dams. What do you think?
Check out the different viewpoints before you make a decision.
Learn more about the history of Hoover Dam, one of the largest dams in
the United States.
Big - Dams
This is a great site to learn more about dams! There is an interactive
lab to learn more about the materials, forces, loads and shapes that affect
the way a dam is built.
What in the world? Check out these dams! Instead of using concrete or
earth - these dams are inflatable!
What is the world's highest dam? Where is the largest dam located? Did
you know that Idaho has a dam that is in the top 25? Find out about the
biggest dams in the world and amaze your friends!
Now that you have learned all about dams, learn how you can become an
engineer and build big!
Experience: Hoover Dam
Learn about one of the great dams of the United States, how and why it
was built; who built it; and a timeline of events. There is also a teacher's
guide available for use in the classroom.
I Just Don't Know!?!
This lesson plan compares and contrasts Hoover Dam and the Three Gorges
project. Students analyze the environmental and societal impact of dams.
Big Teacher's Guide
This website about BIG structures includes a teacher's guide with over
20 activities correlated to national standards. There are also several
great interactive labs to help students understand the shapes and forces
behind building a dam.
Power Administration http://www.bpa.gov/Corporate/KR/ed/nwpower/npsc_lessons.htm
This site from the Bonneville Power Administration has lesson plans on
hydroelectric power, maps of the major river systems for junior high students
but could easily be adapted for use in the intermediate grades.
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