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The Stream is a modular water play system that allows Visitors to explore flow around different obstacles, in fountains and by damming the flow.


Canal Locks

Our Stream has a set of lock gates on it for lifting and lowering floating discs or boats in the Stream. The technology of canal locks is over two hundred years old - before railways, canals were the only way to move heavy goods around the country. This video explains how they work:

Giving a Dam

If you’ve used the black gates of the stream to trap and control the flow of water, you may have more in common than you think with nature’s greatest builders. From their iron rich teeth to their powerful tails, the Beaver uses its unique anatomy to create the dams for which they are infamous.

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Look Closer

Welcome to Look Closer, Techniquest's brand new digital tool. We're trialling Look Closer as a way of offering you a closer look at the science demonstrated by many of our exhibits. You'll find visitor sheets, videos, articles on contemporary science as well as fun trails to navigate your way around the exhibition space.

Speak to our Science Communicators to find out more.