While authorities are discussing what to do with leaders who helped cause Flint, Michigan’s water crisis, the Sloan Museum is helping the city’s smallest residents. The museum might normally be hyping up their planetarium, promoting programs for spring break or even planning summer programs. Instead, they’re offering a “Water Works” class, which aims to help children in Flint learn how to filter their water.
The museum has been hosting the exhibit “Water’s Extreme Journey,” which details where water comes from and what can cause pollution or make water unsafe. But, now they are taking that lesson to children in order to teach safety and survival. The exhibit also walks kids and their parents through the history of Flint’s water since 1873. This is how the museum’s site advertises the class:
“investigating winding pathways [where] visitors are challenged to navigate through Non-Point Source Pollutants originating from agriculture, development, litter, and our homes. Will the farm they pass by be organic? Did their neighbor pour leftover paint down the drain? This fully interactive maze experience engages visitors through play, scientific inquiry, art and action, illuminating human impacts great and small while teaching how to contribute to healthy, safe water in their community and beyond.”
After a two-year-old was poisoned from lead in her drinking water and so many other children show signs of lead poisoning, the Sloan Museum has luckily found a way to help. Children can use their critical thinking skills and engineer filtration systems and then test the effectiveness.