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Ward's® Stormwater Floodplain Simulation System

Avg. Ratings: 5.0 (1 Review)
8551-6136 8551-5813 8551-5812
This system helps students understand the critical role that floodplains play in the life of a watershed and the impact of unplanned development and human activity in key areas through innovative hands-on simulations.

  • Realistic Recreation with Student-Friendly Features
  • Kit Features Eight Activities
  • Detailed User's Guide Included
  • Large Acrylic Tank Included
  • Students Work Together to Find Solutions to Floodplain Issues
Developed for education and outreach in cooperation with the Michigan Stormwater-Floodplain Association, this large-scale model allows students to create, test, and visualize how various factors within the watershed can impact storm water runoff and flooding. Through the use of the model, students explore the value of retention ponds and wetlands in flood management. They construct their own levees and witness how stream flow is affected during times of high runoff. They work as a team to find and test solutions to a variety of floodplain problems simulated by the model. A large, clear acrylic tank features a durable, hand-painted resin landform insert and two different rainmaker trays to create different rainfall intensities.

Three custom acrylic “plug and play” headwater trays for wetland, parking lot, and retention-pond simulations also come with a variety of accessories and models for enacting realistic environmental scenarios. Additional materials are provided for constructing levees and other landscape settings. A custom riser allows for stepped changed in slope and broader experimentation, and a staff gage is mounted for clearly and easily measuring river levels. The system measures 8 x 15¼ x 46¾".

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Item # Description Height Length Width Unit Availability Price Quantity
470164-072 Stormwater Floodplain Simulation System
8" 46¾" 15¼" Kit of 1 Retrieving


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Total Ratings: 1
Avg. Ratings: 5.0 out of 5

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Science is grea Grand Rapids, M
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Great addition to the classroom - This is a great model to demonstrate how floodplains work. We use it both at our nature center and when we travel into school classrooms. Lessons are well thought out, provide opportunities for student investigation and processing of data and has flexibility for the educator to modify its use for multiple thematic activities.
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