Water Works

Here, children can explore scientific properties of water, practical everyday functions of water, and even some of the most imaginative artistic uses of water they’ve ever seen!

Underwritten by the Souder Family Foundation


  • Pump balls up and over a waterfall using an Archimedes Screw
  • Aim bursts of water onto instruments to make music
  • Launch balls across the exhibit using water pressure
  • Explore the Bernoulli Effect by balancing balls on jets of water
  • Spin submerged gears and pinwheels and float plastic jellyfish using air
  • Build a boat and test its speed on a circular water track
  • Crank a conveyor to fill a tank, and then dump it, sending water whooshing down pipes
  • Propel bursts of water at pinwheels to create a moving sculpture
  • Push buttons to create a rhythmic fountain
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Exhibit Type


Focused Field Trips Aligned with this Exhibit

H20 Art

Sensational Senses

Water Investigations

This exhibit is aligned with Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards.

Educational Benefits

  • Examine and experiment with the physical properties of water
  • Engage in cooperative play and problem solving
  • Manipulate simple and complex machines

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