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Water Clock F.A.Q by Analia Perdomo

What is a Water Clock?

  • A Water Clock is a timekeeping device that uses the flow of water to measure the current time.

What is the purpose of the Water Clock Project?

  • The purpose is to have students come together and work to build a water clock as a symbol of sustainability. In addition, it’s for students to get involved and encourage other students and teachers engage in proactive behaviors. In the process, students have the opportunity to develop communication skills, critical thinking skills, cross-cultural understanding, and improve civic responsibility.

Who invented the Water Clock?

  • Due to their great antiquity, where and when they first existed is unknown. The bowl-shaped outflow is the simplest form of a water clock and is known to have existed in Babylon and in Egypt around the 16th century BC. Other regions of the world, including India and China, also have early evidence of water clocks, but the earliest dates are less than certain. Usually, however, some authors write about water clocks appearing in China as early as 4000 BC.

Why is sustainability important?

  • Sustainability is actions that we take today that will make a difference in our future. In order to avoid limiting resources in the future we need to start making good decisions for our environment today. With the Water Clock project, it emphasizes the importance of our natural resources and that the resources we have available we need to use them responsibly. Building a Water Clock is a symbol of sustainability and can minimize the destructive influence on the environment.

How can you build a simple Water Clock?

  • To build a water clock you need 2-liter bottles. You would cut the bottom off and draw a line near the edge. You will then remove the cap and put a rubber stopper that has a hole in it. Once you have the stopper in put a vinyl tube in the hole and clamp the tube. Then place bottle upside down in 4-inch diameter ring support that is in a ring stand. Place the rubber-tubing end in a beaker. Gradually you will let the water drip in the beaker. You need to mark the bottle every ten minutes. Pour water back into the bottle and do again marking every five min.

Where can we find an actually Water Clock?

  • There are nearly 30 water clocks around the world today, including one at Europa-Center’s The Clock of Flowing Time in Berlin, one at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis in Indianapolis, Indiana, and the Shopping Iguatemi in Porto Alegre, Brazil. There are other modern designs of water clocks, including the Royal Gorge water clock in Colorado, the Woodgrove Mall in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Hornsby Water Clock in Sydney, Australia and in the Abbotsford Airport in Abbotsford, British Columbia.

How can I get involved?