Build An Aqueduct

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In this activity, learners use the design thinking process to design and build their own aqueduct, or water bridge. Ancient Romans used aqueducts to transport water to their heavily populated cities, and modern day examples are in use today. Learners will create multiple iterations to make the best system for moving water from one place to another. Activity includes step-by-step instructions, a video, suggested questions for caregivers to ask learners, and related children's books. Due to the messy nature of this activity, an outdoor setting is recommended.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
30 to 45 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$5 - $10 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 18

Resource Type:


Materials List (per group of students)

  • Suggested Materials below, however this is a design challenge, so use whatever materials you have available
  • Structural Materials: cardboard, plastic bottles, PVC pipe, toy car tracks, paper towel, toilet paper tubes
  • Waterproofing Materials: plastic wrap, foil, plastic bags
  • Adhesive: tape, glue
  • water
  • Water Source: hose or bucket/plastic container


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
      • Civil Engineering
  • Physical Sciences
    • Motion and Forces
  • The Nature of Technology
    • The Design Process
      • Invention and Innovation
      • Problem Solving
      • Troubleshooting and Maintenance

Informal Categories

  • Outdoor Activity


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Access Rights:

  • Free access


Source Collection

  • Amazeum YOU


  • All rights reserved, Scott Family Amazeum, 2021

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