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Learning while playing at the park?? Investigation Station says, "YES! That is the best way for kids to learn." Learning starts at a very young age. As research has shown, 85% of the brain is developed by the age of four. Investigation Station's splash pad will feature the water cycle as its theme. The water features and surrounding artwork will reflect the steps of the water cycle: evaporation, condensation, precipitation and collection. Bringing science into playtime puts gross and fine motor skills to work while learning. Research has shown that children's use of large and small muscle groups correlates to self-regulation (controlling their bodies) and problem solving skills. Society has decreased the amount of recess time, which has resulted in a lot of behavior issues that often are diagnosed as ADD. The children must learn to self-regulate and problem solve. Physical activity and motor skills are key components in children's development and help prepare them for school.
A splash pad is a series of fountains and water features for the purpose of having fun while cooling off, in a safe place. Investigation Station's splash pad will be educational, featuring the water cycle. The Pasco County Veterans Memorial Park will host the exhibit. The current project will cost approximately $250,000, but with the help of local corporate sponsors' donations, the out of pocket expense should be much lower.
A special, BIG thank you goes to Bayonet Plumbing, Heating and Air for committing to donate labor to install the plumbing for the splash pad.