RIVER ON THE ROAD: THE POWER OF FLOWING WATER AND MOVING SAND
A particular focus of our work lies in deltas--their formation and sustainability in coastal settings and their management in the case of reservoir deltas behind dams. Our vertical “Delta box” enables sophisticated modeling of subsurface delta architecture, while our Elwha models, developed in cooperation with the Science Museum of Minnesota, allow students to recreate laboratory research that guided the 2011 removal of the Glines Canyon Dam on Washington’s Elwha River. Another custom tabletop model lets students recreate research that guided removal of the Marmot Dam on the Sandy River in Oregon, a unique dam removal that is documented by a National Geographic film that features model studies as well as footage of the river itself and the aftermath of dam removal.
This session will feature several of our smaller flumes, providing opportunities to experience these powerful teaching tools “hands-on”. Example lesson plans for using flumes in the classroom will be presented, as will plans for building some of the simpler flumes for your own use in K-12 to college classrooms.