Valves and Pumps: A Demonstration

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This is a demonstration you can use to show learners how valves and pumps work in concert to move blood through the circulatory system. [Activity is publicly available through a web crawler capture on]

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Demonstration, Lesson/Lesson Plan


Materials List (per group of students)

  • turkey baster
  • sample pumps (balloon pump, bicycle pump)
  • sample valves (plumbing faucets, liquid soap dispensers)
  • materials for demonstrating pumps and valves (balloon, water, etc)


  • Life Sciences
    • Human Body
      • Circulation


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


This resource is part of:

Access Rights:

  • Free access



  • All rights reserved, Science Museum of Minnesota, 2000

Funding Source:

  • Medtronic Foundation