Water Day: An Experiential Lecture for Fluid Mechanics
Summer School Poster Session Paper
Water Day has been added to an introductory fluid mechanics course to provide students with experience in fluid flow phenomena. It emphasizes sensing, visual, and active learning styles and appeals to somatic understanding. The students observe flow from a tank, watch a spinning sprinkler, and knock over a block with a water stream. The phenomena are quantitatively covered during the semester, and the experience is reinforced at semester end with an extra-credit assignment.