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Kits and Models

The following kits and models may be available for loan to a school or other organization whose students are all or partially served by the City of Kalamazoo Public Water Supply System (see important loan information below).

Groundwater Simulator II

An aquarium-type model designed to demonstrate and observe the movement of groundwater, simulate the surface and underground drainage basins from recharge to discharge areas, and illustrate how groundwater can become contaminated by human activities.
Recommended for Grades K-12.

This activity may meet Michigan Science Benchmark Objectives.
Requires about 3 gallons of water. Contains numerous loose parts, cocoa and drink mixes (Contaminants), water sprayers, eyedropper, flashlight, a carrying case with wheels and a User's Guide. Set up time: 15 minutes; Clean up time: 20 minutes.

EnviroScape Hazardous Materials Model - Deluxe Unit with Groundwater Component

A plastic landscape model designed to explain hazardous substances and their effects on the environment. Model includes: Underground storage tanks, a lagoon, an abandoned warehouse, a landfill, vehicles, etc.
Recommended for Grades K-12.

This activity may meet Michigan Science Benchmark Objectives.
Requires less than a gallon of water. Contains numerous loose parts, cocoa and drink mixes (contaminants), water sprayers, eyedropper, flashlight, a carrying case with wheels and a User's Guide. Set up time: 10 minutes; Clean up time: 20 minutes.

The Jug Aquifer Kits

A simple flow-model kit (8 1/4 inches tall) designed to teach what aquifers are, how water moves within an aquifer and how they can become contaminated.
Recommended for Grades K-8.

This activity may meet Michigan Science Benchmark Objectives.
Requires less than a gallon of water. Comes with packets of different types of soils, eyedropper, syringe, drink mix (for contaminants) and activity booklet. Assembly is part of the learning exercise. Clean up time: 10 minutes.

Important Loan Information

  • To borrow a Groundwater Simulator or an EnviroScape, a training session on their use is encouraged.
  • The loan period is for up to four weeks (20 school days).
  • Reasonable wear and tear is expected. Significant damage may be charged to your school.
  • Please clean model, replace disposable items and re-package items as appropriate.

If you have any questions or would like to reserve one or more of these teaching tools, contact the City of Kalamazoo Environmental Services Division at (269) 337-8737.

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