Resource 3: Instructions for making a waterwheel
Background information / subject knowledge for teacher
You will need a knitting needle, glass or plastic tube e.g. pen case (which the knitting needle can pass through), string (about 1.5 m), modelling clay/prestik and stiff cardboard.
Cut out the eight blades for the waterwheel from cardboard – they should be rectangles about 6 cm by 4 cm.
Thread the knitting needle through the glass tube.
Tie the end of the string round the glass tube and cover the end with lump of prestik.
Then put a larger piece of prestik over this and stick the blades of your wheel into the prestik at regular intervals.
Tie a weight to the other end of your string.
Then try out your wheel. Hold the knitting needle and pour water over the blades on one side.