A hydropower strategist figures out how to harness hydropower (power from water) to provide electricity to communities.
VIRTUAL JOB SHADOW
Welcome to your first day on the job! Watch this video to see what a day in the life of a Hydropower Strategist is like. Fast forward to the 1 min 11 second mark.
STEP 1: Imagine you have been hired by your community to create a hydropower system to generate electricity. Use google earth and your insider knowledge to choose the best location for this new hydropower system.
STEP 2: Once you have selected a location, plan what components your hydropower system will have and how it will work. Research types of hydropower online, and decide which will work best in your community.
Will it be a dam? Generators? Steam? Tidal power? You decide!
STEP 3: Next you will need to present your hydropower system plan to the Town Council. Convince them that your plan is the best by creating a Rube Goldberg model of it!
HINT: A rube goldberg is a series of mini systems that uses everyday items to complete a simple task. These mini systems could include falling dominos, pulleys, or a rolling ball that knocks something over. Here is an example to kickstart your creativity: Simple Steps to Create a Rube Goldberg Machine
Your rube goldberg model should…
– begin with running water
– have at least three mini systems to model the components of your hydropower system
– work in real life!
STEP 4: Share a video of your rube goldberg model in action in the Student Showcase, and submit your plan to your real Town Council if you feel you have a really good idea!