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Pittsburgh skyline
Historical Context

Pittsburgh skyline
The Environment &

Students gather around the tank of a toad
Field Station

RiverQuest boat on a river with city of Pittsburgh in the background
Regional Resources

Fluid Dynamics

The basic properties of water are demonstrated with activities allowing visitors to experiment with fluid dynamics in real time, time-lapse, and microscopic encounters.

Exhibits include:

  • NEW! ALCOSAN’S Daily Challenge – Try your hand at creating a balanced water-treatment system, as you control rain gardens, holding tanks, and processing stations during a typical day of rainfall and water used in Pittsburgh.

    Sponsored by:

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  • Make It Rain – Pump water into a 3D cloud, then watch it rain and see where it flows.

    Sponsored by:
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  • Frozen Raindrop – “Freeze” water in high-definition video and study the movement.
  • Drag Race – Three shapes moving through fluid demonstrate the effects of drag on objects in water, from fish to barges to speedboats. Visitors may create eddy currents by moving islands.
  • Water Weight – Step on the scale and see how much the water in your body weighs!