Immerse Yourself in WATER
Quenching your thirst, brushing your teeth, showering, cleaning your clothes, dishes and making food are just a few of the multitude of uses for the integral piece of all life – WATER! A new exhibit at COSI: Center of Science and Industry, in Columbus, helps give perspective to this limited, yet incredibly vital, natural resource.
As with many exhibits at COSI, WATER is part education and part interactive fun with a side of ‘make you think.’ Whether you are an elementary student or a full-blown scientist, you will walk away from this exhibit with a new-found appreciation for water, where it comes from, its awesome power, and steps to help the whole planet – starting right in your own home.
The exhibit begins with the beginning of life on Earth – because without water, there is no life on earth. Period. I think that is a fact that can easily be taken for granted. After a geological understanding of the origins of water, you are taken through a maze of learning and fun. Check out the 3 stages of water – liquid, gas, solid – all within a foot of each other! There are many mind-blowing statistics throughout the exhibit, such as fresh water (drinkable water) accounts for just 3 percent of the world’s entire water resource! It can be easy to forget the incredible natural power of water. One of my favorite interactive exhibits allows you to watch the before and after effects of a dam and how rapidly water can literally wipe away land.
Kids – and fun-loving adults – will love the interactive water exhibit that allows visitors to build their own (mini) beaver dam and see the effect of the dam on water flow. Be ready to get your hands a little dirty!!
The exhibit concludes with what I like to call a “make you think” portion. Several computer screens allow visitors to take a short, interactive quiz about their own water usage on a daily basis and how much is being wasted, and ways to lessen the impact. For example, do you know which uses more water – washing dishes by hand or using the dishwasher? The answer may surprise you (I know it did for me).
So take some time to check out WATER on display at COSI through September 3. Continue enjoying water in Columbus by stepping outside COSI and walking along the Scioto River. Genoa Park on the Scioto River behind COSI offers picturesque views of the city. Walk across the Broad Street bridge and check out the Santa Maria, a replica of the ship Christopher Columbus sailed on his way to the new world. Learn more here: https://parks.columbus.gov/Facility.aspx?id=25484&terms=downtown+riverfront