from Thames & Kosmos



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What It Is

Explore the power of water with the Hydropower kit. Hydropower has been used for hundreds of years in watermills and is now commonly used to generate electricity in applications such as hydroelectric dams and tidal power plants. Through 12 experiments and building projects, kids will learn about how different devices are used to extract useful energy from moving water-from a waterwheel in a small stream to a giant turbine in a tidal power station. Build a waterwheel, sawmill, and hammer mill that use water energy to do physical work! Learn about water pressure with a water tower, communicating vessels, and a fountain! Generate electricity with a hydroelectric power station! The full-color, 32-page experiment manual offers illustrated instructions and scientific information. The potential for wet floors in the house is surely a small price to pay for learning about an old, yet renewed and renewable form of energy. We especially like this because it makes learning fun for kids and helps foster an understanding of the natural world.