Louisville Water Foundation sponsors new water table at Kentucky Science Center
What do kids do when they see water? Touch it. Splash. Move it around. Water is fun and it’s also an easy way to help young children develop inquiry skills. In essence, be a young scientist.
Saturday, July 9, the Kentucky Science Center will open its new water table to the public as part of the Science in Play experience and the Louisville Water Foundation is the presenting sponsor. Recently, the Foundation approved a $50,000 grant to help fund the design of the water table, a part of an overall $350,000 inititiative in early childhood education. The community got a sneak peek of the finished product during a media event on Thursday. The water table has long been a favorite of kids who visit Kentucky Science Center. In fact, Louisville Water engineers helped design and build the original table nearly 20 years ago. For the new design, a group of local children worked with designers to offer their input on what they’d like to see in the new table and the finished product includes many of their ideas: pipes, gadgets, and of course, lots of moving water.
The water table in the finishing piece in Center’s Science in Play, a new first-floor permanent exhibit focused on early childhood learning that incorporates sensory experiences with shapes, lights, movement and now, water. The goal, according to Jo Haas, the Center's executive director, is to "start kids off right. The new water table is the best."
Spencer Bruce, president of the Louisville Water Foundation and interim president/CEO of Louisville Water announced the gift during the media event. “We know the water table is one of the first stops for families who visit the center and there are so many opportunities now for water play – and learning. Louisville Water Foundation is proud to help inspire the curiosity here and then hopefully continue it at home with life-long learning.”
In addition to the water table, the Center is working with Louisville Water on an education and marketing effort that will include families learning about drinking water and how water is delivered throughout the community.
Louisville Water established the Foundation in 2013. The Foundation focuses on projects that deliver safe drinking water here and around the world and efforts that center on water education.