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Backed up to the Future

Water pipes get blocked and when they do, you either have too little or too much water

Barwon Water services many kilometres of pipe to millions of homes and businesses in the Geelong region. The ongoing maintenance, repair and replacement of water pipes is an expensive and time-consuming process for Barwon Water.

Barwon Water will engage students to investigate a blocked pipe in their water system. Students will work as a team of ‘water consultants’ to investigate and find a solution to the problem, using robots.

Industry Partners
Suitable for

Years 7-10 + VCAL

Duration

4x 50min lessons and 2x full days at GTS

Student outcomes

Students will:

  • Interpret the design brief/challenge
  • Collate and analyse data
  • Investigate reasons for pipe blockages
  • Design sewer robots to collect intel and/or clear blockage
  • Reflect on processes and results
  • Create a presentation to share the group’s results

Curriculum Focus

  • Science
  • Mathematics
  • Digital Technologies
  • Design & Technologies

Program Overview

Barwon Water and Project Brief
Module 1
1x 50min
Biodegradability of commonly flushed items
Module 2
2x 50min
Sewer robots
Module 3
1x 50min
Sewer Robot: Design and Build
Module 4
Full Day
Sewer Robot: Demo and Presentation
Module 5
Full Day
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