Scottish Water teams up with Glasgow Science Centre to launch new hands-on mobile exhibits

Posted: Thursday 26th March 2015

Youngsters and communities around Scotland will have the opportunity to learn more about water and how it is produced, thanks to a package of new interactive education resources launched recently.

Developed by Scottish Water in partnership with Glasgow Science Centre, nine mobile exhibits and three new online games bring the story of the water cycle to life. And pupils of Crookston Primary School, Glasgow, had the opportunity to get preview at a launch event today at Glasgow Science Centre (see pics attached - details below).

The mobile exhibits provide a hands-on and interactive opportunity for customers of all ages to learn about Scottish Water, what it does and water-related topics including the water cycle, water and waste water treatment and water efficiency. Customers will also learn more about water quality and testing, renewables, the charity WaterAid.

The exhibits will help build customers’ understanding of the work that goes on behind the scenes to ensure customers enjoy the best possible quality drinking water when they turn on their tap, while protecting and enhancing the natural environment. The mobile exhibits, which will be piloted initially in the Glasgow area before a national roll out, include:

• The water cycle – a holographic display. A simple animation introduces three key words: evaporation, condensation and precipitation. With the help of a dramatic visual illusion, the water cycle comes to life.
• The pipeline challenge – a five-level game where, working against the clock, learners chose to lay water or sewer pipes between reservoirs, towns, and treatment works while avoiding obstacles along the way.
• Clean it up – with the aid of retro computer games, learners take a journey through a waste water treatment works, with the challenge to clean up the waste water. At two key stages, the aim is to remove rubbish such as nappies, wipes, fat, oil and grease and the next stage to remove remaining organic matter, leaving the water ready to be returned safely to the environment.

Other mobile exhibits include: Carrying water, Life in a drop of Water, Pumping Station, The Sewer Pipe, Water in Your Body and Water of the World.

As well as the hands-on mobile exhibits, three will also be available as games to play on the Scottish Water website and, for the first time, the firm’s educational apps can be downloaded and played from both Apple and android app stores. The games can be played at

Chris Wallace, Director of Communications at Scottish Water, said:

“All our customers depend on Scottish Water providing high-quality drinking water, and then collecting waste water for treatment and safe return to the environment. Water is vital to our daily lives – whether it’s for drinking, cooking, or washing – and the reality is that it’s something many of us take for granted.

“That’s why we want to help show customers what goes into providing these essential services, some of the challenges we encounter, and to highlight the scarcity and value of water.

“In recent years years we’ve been building a package of educational resources, and these latest additions, developed in partnership with Glasgow Science Centre, are a fun and exciting way of bringing water’s journey from source to tap alive in an interactive environment. I’m delighted that pupils of Crookston Primary School had the chance to try the new units at today’s launch.

“Customers can discover the part they can play in helping to prevent blockages in drains and sewers, the role and cost of energy needed to run our service, how water is so vital to their health and wellbeing and why we are so lucky to have such rich water resources in Scotland. These resources will help groups understand and appreciate the complexities involved in day-to-day jobs at Scottish Water and, hopefully, encourage them to find out more about the important charity work of WaterAid. We’re excited about piloting these resources in the Glasgow area, and look forward to seeing many of our customers and communities around Scotland learning from them in the years ahead.”

Stephen Breslin, CEO of Glasgow Science Centre said:

“One of the greatest scientists we have ever known, Albert Einstein, once said ‘play is the highest form of research’ and I think that sentiment describes the exhibits we created in partnership with Scottish Water.

“As children play, they are making sense of the world they live in and exploring their surroundings. We know from our experiences at the Centre that people respond well when things are presented in a fun and interactive way. We used this knowledge when working alongside Scottish Water to ensure that the exhibits were both engaging and that pupils would fully understand the processes involved in providing quality drinking water.

“We have thoroughly enjoyed working in partnership with Scottish Water to develop this learning experience and look forward to it rolling out to communities and schools across the country.”

The mobile exhibits have been developed with support from partners including BT, Veolia, Ross-shire Engineering, ID Systems UK, WGM Engineering, TCS and Amey Black & Veatch.

Scottish Water’s website has dedicated pages, modules and activities to download at which support learning and teaching for the school curriculum in Scotland.

Scottish Water is also involved with the Water Ways exhibition at Glasgow Science Centre, H2-O programme and Go Safe Scotland, a safety initiative for Scottish Schools.

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