Materials List: Let’s Build an Aqueduct!

Each group needs:

  • 40 Popsicle sticks
  • 30 half-inch cube blocks; such as a bag of 100 half-inch blocks for $5 from Woodworks Ltd.
  • long water channel, about 3-feet long; for example, use long, plastic hot wheels tracks or premade wooden channels and hot glue to connect the channels; length is up to the teacher, but 3 feet is a good starting point
  • laser pointer
  • yardstick
  • 12-inch ruler
  • calculators
  • paper and pencils
  • hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • 1 wooden baseboard that is 6-12 inches wide x the water channel length
  • measuring cup and water, to carry water that is poured into the aqueduct
  • cup or bucket, to catch water at the end of the aqueduct
  • Arch Calculations Worksheet, one per group
  • How to Build an Arch Handout, one per group
  • (optional) plastic bag or box, in which to contain each group’s materials, for easy distribution