Archimedes Screw Pump

The Archimedes screw pump was invented 300 years BC. Its still in use – for moving water uphill  for irrigation and livestock.

We all know how much pupils love experiments that involve water…And despite the oft used saying – it is perfectly easy to move water uphill. You just need to understand how to apply some scientific principles.

Pupils follow in the footsteps of Archimedes and learn the science and some history about the screw pump. They investigate how the Archimedes screw pump works by woking in pairs to build their own. Delivering clean fresh water to hard to access places remains a challenge today and for the future for many parts of the world.


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