Use clues to explore Wisconsin’s many waterways in this history/geography based activity. Can you figure out the names of the waterways before your time is up? Here’s your chance to find out.
Learn a bit of shipwreck history told by museum educators, then imitate shipwreck divers while identifying artifacts and objects that could have been found on shipwrecks in the Great Lakes. Teachers, choose from the story of the immigrant ship Phoenix, the schooner Rouse Simmons, or passenger steamer Eastland.
Join in the journey of a German immigrant during this interactive living history presentation. Then in small groups, investigate the variety of immigrant groups that made Wisconsin their home.
Through a combination of hands-on experiments and demonstrations gain a clearer understanding of the scientific principles of buoyancy, water pressure, and weight distribution. We’ll also venture into the Children’s Waterways Room for some applied learning and fun!
Have you ever wondered how many different species call Lake Michigan home? Lake Michigan is being threatened by some invasive species and its fish population is continually being influenced by other factors. Using a time line and a role playing activity, you will find out how aquatic invasive species are arriving in the Great Lakes, the effects they are having, and how everyone can help slow down the spread of these invaders.
How do you get a boat or ship to sail over hills or up a waterfall? Learn how engineers used locks to accomplish these feats, and how locks help Great Lakes ships sail all the way from the middle of North America to the Atlantic Ocean. We’ll also have a chance to work the hands-on lock system in the Children’s Waterways Room.
The first step in taking care of our environment is to understand it. With the help of a groundwater model and other hands-on activities, students will learn about the porosity and permeability of soil, how contaminants move in groundwater, and how humans’ everyday actions affect the groundwater beneath them.
Students will interact with an Enviroscape model and each other to learn how the choices humans make in yards, rural fields, and urban developments have a direct impact on rivers and lakes after a rainstorm. Students will gather ideas they can help implement to take care of the planet’s precious water resources.