Water, we all love to play with it. This is why it was important to include elements within our summer exhibit – Water: Beneath the Surface – which allowed
for spontaneous water play.
The challenge, however, was to create an exhibit which will allow visitors to interact with water while at the same time ensuring not a drop of water is spilled within the exhibit space.
So work began on testing different ways we could allow people to play with water which would also display some of the amazing properties water possesses.
What we quickly discovered was some of the properties we wanted to display, while easy to implement with supervision, were not going to work in an unsupervised and sealed environment.
Among those that did not make the cut was a demonstration of capillary action.
For those that did seem promising, we began testing ways we could make them fun, informative, and sealed. The results for two of the interactives have provided us with a few developmental laughs along the way. It will be interesting to see if people interact with these displays in the ways we intended and the ways we imagined. For at least one of them, we have wondered if the challenge will keep people tied to it in the same way gold panning can hold our visitors. For one of the others, the question that remains is whether or not it sounds like something everyone is familiar with.
And for those that prefer to see things demonstrated for them, well there still might be some form of that coming this summer as well. If it does though, we don’t provide any guarantees that everyone will stay dry.