Monday, February 22, 2016

Vacation Learning: Colombia #8 Medellín

We visited El Museo del Agua (The Water Museum).   Above, you can see Little Guy in the water origin room.  We learned about the Big Bang Theory, and other theories regarding the origin of our planet and its water.
Next, Big Sister was experiencing the water's liquid, solid and gas states.  She also played with globes that show different water properties. 

Surface tension anyone? In this area, the kids were exploring how insects are able to walk on water, how bubbles are formed, and how dense water is.

We were invited to participate on a experiment with one of the guides. The experiment show us the property of water's surface tension. 

We learned about microorganisms in water by using microscopes. 

This section of the museum had touch screen computer that show us videos and games about how we use water in our homes.

We visited several areas to show the different climates in Colombia.  Each area was equipped with nature sounds, heater/AC, a beautifully painted background, and animal and/or earth material replicas. Its purpose was to make you feel like you were there.  Also, next to each climate area, Little Guy found tube -like shelves with mystery objects to touch from each climate.

In this room we were introduced to a complete ecosystem.  It was inside the glass ball.  It had vegetation, land, water, and different sized organisms. 

We moved in an elevator that showed us the evolution of how man has used water.  We exited in a room dedicated to show how different cultures used water.  Each well had a display with the blueprint of the water usage in cultures like the Mesopotamian, Roman, Inca, Maya, etc. I included a picture of how the Zenu, a Colombian native group, made irrigation systems to avoid soil erosion.  As we tilted the displays, the water in blue will run through it to give and idea of how it worked.

In this interactive exhibit the kids moved from one water center to another.  They discovered how waterlines connect the whole city of Medellín.  

In this room we learned about water preservation at home and in nature.

The last exhibit was made by an artist who works to recreate water.  Above you can see sculptures of water dripping from a faucet, a floating paper boat, a skipping stone, and some fish in the water.  His medium is hard to describe, but it truly captures the way water moves about objects.  There were several pieces with interesting objects like a splashing ball, and more fish. It is hard to see it, but it was not a painted picture. they were 3D sculptures mixed with paintings. 

Outside the museum, just by pure luck, we stumbled upon a group practicing Capoeira.  Little Guy was thrilled to see their moves. I was interested in the musical instruments, and their singing. 

Finally, right next to the museum, we visited the Bare Foot park.  It is a park that calls for children and adult to experience nature on their bare feet.  It is all about the feeling of being part of nature. Sadly, due to the drought, the water features were turned off.  Nevertheless, the kids had fun playing in the sand, the blocks, and the bamboo forest. 

In his journal, Little Guy wrote about the experiments at the water museum, and about visiting the park. 

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