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Find out more about the science and technology in the Water Pavilion and explore fun Water related activities you can do at home or school.

Filtering Pollution

Fun fact: Humans need water to drinkcookwash and cleangrow food and make lots of things. But did you know only around 1% of Earth’s water is fresh and drinkable? The rest is frozen in ice caps or found in our salty seas, where it provides a home for 94% of Earth’s living species.

Create you own water filtering system- click HERE:


Fun fact: The strongest tidal current in the world also produces the strongest whirlpool (or maelstrom). At Norway’s Maelstrom of Saltstraumen, the tide runs at 25mph. At peak flow, the tidal race produces a whirlpool typically 10m wide – the length of a bus. WOW!

Create your own whirlpool in a bottle – click HERE:

Water Cycle

Fun Fact: Parts of the Arctic and the Antarctic are classified as deserts! Deserts are areas that receive less than 10 inches of rainfall each year. Despite the presence of millions of litres of water, most of it is locked in glaciers and ice sheets.

Make a model of the water cycle – click HERE:

Hero’s Engine

Fun fact: Humans have been harnessing water to perform work for thousands of years. The Greeks used water wheels for grinding wheat into flour more than 2,000 years ago. In 1878 the first hydro-electric plant started operating in Cragside, UK to light a country house.

Make your own water machine- click HERE:

If you want to learn more about Water – here are some links to our favourite resources:

NASA: Ocean Worlds

What is the water cycle? – BBC Bitesize

Water | NASA Climate Kids

Make a Straw Siphon | STEM Activity

Osmosis | STEM Learning

What Is Ocean Acidification? | NASA Climate Kids