After the Tubes and Funnels apparatus and after the Channel Board apparatus, I decided to combine the two apparatus into one big apparatus.
What that means for the children operating on the combined apparatus is that the water does not flow out of the tubes with much force. You can see the anemic flow of water out of the sprinkler head in the picture below.
Where does the water go? from Thomas Bedard on Vimeo.
When the children begin to figure out how the apparatus works, they come up with their own operations. Watch as this girl demonstrates how to make water come out of both tubes at the same time. She has figured out that if she pours water into two particular funnels at the same time, the water comes out onto the channel board at the same time. Watch.
I made them come out at the same time! from Thomas Bedard on Vimeo.
I think her little chuckle indicates the sense of agency she has in having figured this operation out.
I kept the loose parts from the previous post. That led to a whole host of other operations and experimentation. I was especially struck by two three-year-olds that figured out how to propel little orange bottles down the clear tube by first setting the bottle in the tube and then pouring water down the tube. Watch.
What is so striking about this video is that they have figured out how water carries objects down a incline. They did this on their own. Not only that, they take turns effortlessly and with social grace. That is a nice melding of science and social learning.