Tippy Tap Plus Piping

Getting water to a tap requires an understanding the fundamentals of fluid flow. Groups design, build, and test a piping system to get water from the source — a five gallon bucket — to a tippy tap. The objective is to be able to fill that tippy tap quickly without losing precious water in the process.

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CCSS: Designed
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Work examples using Bernoulli’s equation
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires piping materials and a tippy tap
  • Class should be familiar with the design process

  • Provides directions to build a tippy tap if one is not available
  • Includes an answer document with the mathematics worked out

  • The worksheet page does not provide much room to work out the solutions