Methods of obtaining water
Designing a treadle pump
- 30-59 mins
This is one of a series of resources designed to support the delivery of the new 9-1 GCSEs in Design & Technology and Engineering, first taught from September 2017. Each resource covers a key topic from one or more of the specifications for these subjects. This resource focusses on producing a working prototype of a treadle pump that is designed to help people living in remote villages to source water.
One challenge that many people living in dry, remote areas face is the sourcing of water to irrigate crops and therefore grow food. A treadle pump can be used to make this much easier and far less time consuming.
In this activity, learners will produce a finished working prototype of a treadle pump designed to raise water from wells. It will develop their ability to produce products that meet a social need. It will also develop their manufacturing skills and ability to select appropriate materials, tools and equipment.
The activity sheet includes teacher notes, guidance, useful web links, and links (where appropriate) to the national curriculum in each of the four devolved UK nations; England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
All activity sheets and supporting resources are free to download, and all the documents are fully editable, so you can tailor them to your students' and your schools' needs.