Tuesday, December 7, 2010

The Fountain

A trip to Casa Loma sparked the Fountain Project.
The children were intrigued by the fountain in the Conservatory.
How did it work. Where did the water come from?
They had a few their theories of their own.
"The water comes from under the floor and gets pushed up."
"It comes from a pipe in the ground and then gets pushed through the spout."
"It comes from a hose."

A fountain was made using a variety of materials that the children selected. In this particular picture the children tested the hose theory. Naturally they enjoyed watching the water pour around the fountain. But what happened after the water was shut down puzzled them.
Why didn't the water recycle?
What was the missing element?
They decided to dismantle a real fountain to find out why.

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