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Irrigation Ideas

In this activity, learners explore how civil engineers solved the challenge of moving water via irrigation. Learners work in teams of "engineers" to design and build their own "irrigation system" out of everyday items. Learners must move two cups of water at least three feet and result in a split of one cup of water in each of two containers. They test their irrigation systems, evaluate their results, and present findings to the group.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
1 to 2 hours

Estimated Materials Cost:
Over $20 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 18

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan


Materials List (per group of students)


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
      • Agricultural Engineering
      • Civil Engineering
    • Technology
      • Agriculture and Biotechnology
  • Physical Sciences
    • Energy
    • Motion and Forces
      • Gravity
  • The Nature of Science
    • Science and Society
      • Risks and Benefits
      • Ethics
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Gathering Data
      • Formulating Explanations
      • Communicating Results
  • The Nature of Technology
    • Technology and Society
      • Impacts of Technology
      • Technology and History
    • The Design Process
      • Research and Development
      • Invention and Innovation
      • Problem Solving
      • Troubleshooting and Maintenance

Informal Categories

  • Gardening
  • Nature and Environment


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • be mobile
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Components that are part of this resource:

Includes alignment to state and/or national standards

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