As we put the finishing touches on Lake Winnipeg: Shared Solutions, we’re working on another water exhibit. Our stream table has been a popular fixture with the younger scientists, allowing them to experiment with flowing water and sand. Alas, sand and the new touch screens in Lake Winnipeg: Shared Solutions don’t mix, so the stream table was scheduled for decommissioning.
Don’t despair, though! Thanks to being slightly underbudget on some other expenses, we have been able to start working on Stream Table 2.0! Instead of sand, the table will have a complete watershed: a lake, several rivers, and a flood plain. Visitors will be able to block some channels, add vegetation and wetlands, and try to control the floods.
Here are some images of our scale concept model, built by diorama artist Betsy Thorsteinson. Enjoy!