Dive into the forces and properties of water through waves, vortices, hydropower and rapids.
FlowWorks is an interactive exhibit all about the flow, pressure and power of water. FlowWorks is more than hands-on—it’s “hands-in,” as it requires you to dip your hands in to make it work! Dive in, develop and explore your own questions as you control and change the flow of water, test how objects respond to water, and observe the impact of water’s force and energy!
FlowWorks allows kids to explore all things related to water with a hands-on, inquiry-based approach. As students explore the different areas of FlowWorks, they observe first-hand a variety of science concepts relating to water, covering topics such as force, properties of matter, energy, motion, and earth and space.
“When the weather is great or HOT like most of the time in Houston, then the FlowWorks station outside is THE place to be.”
“Totally enjoyed racing boats and playing with the water. It was hot, so a little sprinkle here and there was welcome, child or adult.”
"Kids can experiment with blocks to create canals and levees that change the course of the water, float toy boats down the waterway, create tidal waves, or shoot water cannons at the structure just for fun.”
At the center of FlowWorks, stands our 18 foot tall Cauldron. Once full, the water comes crashing down, making an unstoppable wave of fun that activates other parts with the water’s force!
Explore and learn about adjustable channels, locks, valves, dams, pipes, Archimedes screws, aqueducts, and more. All of these tools and systems are used to control and change the flow of water.
Construct a boat using modular pieces and race your friends across the finish line. Find out what design attributes make for the fastest boats—and try not to sink!