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Human-Powered Irrigation Pump Activity

Activity Description

Connects physics concepts to human desirability, technical feasibility, and financial viability of a solution

Learning Objectives

  • Students understand relevance of physics to applications
  • Students are aware of elements that makes a technical venture a success
  • Students encounter the human-centered design approach


1 class period - 60 minutes

Target audience

Students who are taking 1st year physics (not necessarily majors)

Suggested context for implementation

A stand-alone, problem-based activity that can be included in a 1st year physics course in connection with work-energy.