PVC Water Squirter

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In this activity, learners build a water squirter using a PVC pipe, dowel, and foam. This activity is great for the summer time and introduces learners to forces and water pressure. Note: an electric drill is recommended for this activity, but not included in the cost of materials. [Activity is publicly available through a web crawler capture on Archive.org.]

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$5 - $10 per student

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 18

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan


Materials List (per student)

  • 1 bottle cap
  • 2' PVC pipe, 1/2" or greater
  • 2' dowel, 5/16" or greater
  • 1 screw, drywall
  • 1 #10 washer
  • 1 nail
  • foam (pool noodle foam works best)
  • tape, black
  • hammer
  • glue gun
  • drill (optional)
  • bucket of water


  • Mathematics
    • Geometry
      • Plane Geometry
    • Measurement
      • Circles
  • Physical Sciences
    • Motion and Forces
      • Momentum and Velocity
      • Newton's Laws
    • Structure and Properties of Matter
      • Volume and Density
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations

Informal Categories

  • Outdoor Activity
  • Toys


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Components that are part of this resource:

Includes alignment to state and/or national standards:

This resource is part of:

Access Rights:

  • Free access


  • Watsonville Environmental Science Workshop


  • All rights reserved, Watsonville Environmental Science Workshop, 2011

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