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Build an Archimedes Screw

Active Time
10-20 minutes
Total Project Time
10-20 minutes
Key Concepts
Gravity, angles

Introduction

The Archimedes screw is an ancient device used to lift water from one location to another. They are so useful that they are still in widespread use today! After a quick trip to the hardware store, you can build your own Archimedes screw in this fun activity.

Credits

Ben Finio, PhD, Science Buddies
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Materials

  • PVC pipe, at least 1 inch outer diameter
  • Clear vinyl tubing, at least 1/4 inch inner diameter
  • Duct tape
  • Scissors
  • Containers for water (2)
  • Something to elevate one of the containers, like a small box or a third container
  • Optional: food coloring
    Materials needed to build an Archimedes screw

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Active Time
10-20 minutes
Total Project Time
10-20 minutes
Key Concepts
Gravity, angles