Visitors will learn why we need to conserve water, why rivers are important, and more about water science through exploring H2Oh!'s three different exhibit areas: The Environment and Conservation, Fluid Dynamics, and the Field Station.
In the Environment and Conservation exhibit, guests have the opportunity to discover how they affect the environment and vice versa. Visitors will also learn about the importance of conserving water in the environment through a variety of interactive activities. With the Real-Time Data Monitor, guests can find out about the temperatures, pH levels, and water levels of local rivers through data from river monitoring systems. Visitors can study how freshwater is not an unlimited resource with the Water Chandelier, which is comprised of floating gallon, quart, and pint sized containers of water from a variety of water reservoirs from around the world.
The Fluid Dynamics exhibit area allows visitors to experiment in real time, time lapse, and with microscopic encounters with fluid dynamics. Guests will learn about water's basic properties through an array of hands-on activities, such as the Drag Race game. The Drag Race activity demonstrates the effect of drag on various objects in water, like fish, barges, and speedboats. Eddy currents can be created by moving island about the display. Make It Rain offers visitors a chance to pump water into a 3D cloud, afterwards watching where the water flows when it rains. Water Weight lets guests find out the weight of the water in their bodies.
The Field Station focuses more on animals and how the "web of life" is interconnected. The entrance to this fascinating exhibit area is a gallery of swimming, slithering, hopping, lively animals. These animals demonstrate the fragile balance between life and water on the Earth.The Touch Table allows visitors a chance to touch live animals (while being supervised by staff), and the Fish Eyes activity lets guests wear "fish eyes" in order to better understand how the world appears to fish. WTAE provides an opportunity for visitors to try out reporting the weather as if they were a meteorologist on television. The Virtual Watershed lets you create virtual valleys and hills to see how the virtual bodies of water that also created behave, and the Planktonic Perspective gives insight into life at a microscopic level.
Blue! is an interactive, immersive exhibit consisting only of molded, all blue foam blocks in all sizes and shapes. The blocks range from ones to use on tabletops to block big enough to climb on. The purpose of them all being the same color is to shift the focus to consider more engineering and spatial ideas. The Blue! exhibit gives visitors an opportunity to be an engineer for a day, with a goal of improving fine-motor and gross-motor skills.
The exhibit turned play area promotes an entertaining and educational experience among multiple generations. The aim is to provide an outlet for unstructured, visionary play that stimulate the mind and muscles. can create their own designs of structures, build and test them, and then rebuild if that design doesn't work. They are encouraged to test out their ideas as if they were engineers. The exhibit helps foster a better understanding of strong foundations, gravity, weight distribution in an interactive and entertaining way.
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