Teaching introductory fluids through fountain design

Adrian Hanson, Salim Bawazir, Kenneth Steven, Jason Capron

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


Neophyte engineering students have difficulty conceptualizing fluid concepts, and have little understanding of the design process. The fountain concept development, proto-typing, design, and fountain building process allows students to experience the iterative nature of design while they developed an intuitive basis for learning and remembering fluids fundamentals. The students were divided into teams and given a budget of $20/team. The final report included concept development, fountain features, design approach, materials list, budget, engineering drawings, and design calculations. The students gave the project a very positive review, resulting in the Civil Engineering (CE) and Engineering Technology (ET) introductory fluids classes using the project during the spring semester 2003.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication33rd Annual Frontiers in Education
Subtitle of host publicationEngineering as a Human Endeavor: Partnering Community, Academia, Government, and Industry, FIE 2003 - Conference Proceedings
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)0780379616
StatePublished - Dec 1 2003
Event33rd Annual Frontiers in Education, FIE 2003 - Westminster, United States
Duration: Nov 5 2003Nov 8 2003

Publication series

NameProceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISSN (Print)0190-5848


Other33rd Annual Frontiers in Education, FIE 2003
CountryUnited States


  • Design process
  • Fountains
  • NCEES supplied reference
  • Teaching fluids

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Teaching introductory fluids through fountain design'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this