Materials List: Exploring a Stream’s Flow Rate

Each group needs:

  • a small object that floats (empty bottle, ball, rubber duck, orange, etc.)
  • meter/yard stick
  • stopwatch or timer
  • waterproof tape measure (open reel fiberglass tape measures work well)
  • clipboard (to hold data sheet)
  • fishing waders or tall boots for any student getting in the stream (optional)
  • Vernier flow rate sensor, available online (optional)
  • Flow Rate Activity Worksheet

To share with the entire class:

  • a local stream to where students can take measurements
  • transportation to a local stream
  • computer with internet access and projector