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March 16, 2017

A wide-ranging programme of events: WASsERLEBEN, the interactive show for the public

H2 O: water is vital to life, refreshes, is a valuable resource, sustenance and a source of inspiration. From 28 to 31 March 2017 pupils can find out about the many aspects of this life-giving resource in entertaining ways at WASsERLEBEN. The interactive show for the public will take place on the Berlin Exhibition Grounds at Wasser Berlin International 2017.

Around 40 companies, institutions and schools from the Berlin/Brandenburg region will present themed projects and invite visitors to take part in biological, chemical and physics experiments. WASsERLEBEN targets children and young people from 8 to 18 years old, as well as their teachers. Many of the topics are part of the school curriculum. Questionnaires for all school levels can be found online ahead of the fair at www.wasser-berlin.de/en/VisitorService/WASsERLEBEN/ .

On 30 March an International Afternoon will take place from 3 to 6 p.m. in Hall 6.2. Exhibitors will be there to answer questions about water, in English as well, and will show visitors of all ages and from around the world how this valuable and precious resource is being managed in Germany.

A pool of water for a pair of jeans

How much water do we use daily and how much of this valuable resource is necessary to produce food and manufacture consumer goods? Freie Universität Berlin and Verein Wasser-, Boden- und Lufthygiene e.V. (WaBoLu) will be among the organisations on hand to provide answers to these questions. At the hand-washing competition of the German Toilet Organization pupils will be able to measure how much water goes “down the drain” as part of this everyday activity.

Salt water – physically strong

Pupils who visit the stand of the Wald Gymnasium school can find out about the physical properties of water. They will be able to try floating different objects on salt water. Those who are thirsty and brave enough can also taste seawater samples. An experiment by pupils of the Marie Curie Gymnasium school will demonstrate the pressure at which water can even split and destroy wood.

Water: the all-rounder among elements

Be it in liquid or vaporous form, or 300 million years ago as ice, water has many facets and a long story to tell. The Senate Department for Urban Development and the Environment will provide information, including on Berlin during the Ice Age. Visitors can also find out about the impact of climate change on sub-surface temperatures in the city and consequently on groundwater species such as amphipods. By looking through a microscope on the stand of the 2016*17 Science Year Initiative visitors can gain a glimpse of tiny water organisms that are otherwise not visible to the naked eye.

Super-absorbent nappies

How much liquid can a nappy absorbed and why? That is the question that pupils from the Robert-Jungk-Oberschule school will be investigating. They will conduct an experiment to examine a nappy’s super-absorbent properties and its material structure. In another experiment pupils can find out about the different coloured materials that make up a black felt-tipped pen.

Aqua art

The pupils of the John Lennon Gymnasium will be inviting visitors to take part in artistic activities to do with water. They will be able to put their impressions to paper in a painting workshop.

Charcoal for “better water”

Thanks to the efforts of Berliner Wasserbetriebe excellent drinking water comes straight from the nearest tap. At WASsERLEBEN the utility company will not only be responsible for clean water but will get pupils to test their knowledge as well. At the popular ’H2O - die Besserwassershow’ contest, school classes will compete against each other every day in order to test their knowledge about water. The winners will receive prize money worth 150 euros and the runners-up 50 euros each. Checker Tobi from KiKa will present the show.

“Not fantastic is plastic”

Students of all ages can find out interesting facts about pollution on the stand of Greenpeace. By examining lists of ingredients they can find out which microplastics are contained in their favourite shampoo or make-up, for instance.

On the stand of the organisation das Schiff e.V. young people can examine a water sample freshly taken from the Lietzensee, a nearby lake, and test it for its pH value and ammonium and phosphate content, as well as microbiologically for plankton. In one of a total of three experiments pupils of Peter Ustinov Schule will demonstrate how to purify a contaminated water sample.

The project by the name of the German Toilet Organization e.V. pursues educational aims, as one-third of the world’s inhabitants have no access to a lavatory. Children and young people can find out about the serious impact this has on ground and surface water and for water supplies around the world with information on various types of toilets.

Career Day on 31 March

With its interactive experiments and projects on the topic of water WASsERLEBEN also gives pupils a practical insight into water industry careers. Interested pupils can find out more directly at the fair from the career organisation Berufsförderungswerk der Fachgemeinschaft Bau Berlin/Brandenburg about jobs in the skilled trades, engineering and commerce. On Career Day they can even gain exclusive admission to the trade fair WASSER BERLIN INTERNATIONAL and the companies exhibiting there. The blue ‘thumbs-up’ logo shows jobseekers the way and identifies the stands of the companies and associations providing information on training, work experience and careers for young people.

Information for visitors

Venue: Hall 6.2 on the Berlin Exhibition Grounds, access via the southern entrance

Admission: Day tickets: 3 euros per person. Tickets for school classes (maximum of 30 pupils plus two accompanying adults) are available online and cost 35 euros: www.wasser-berlin.de/en/VisitorService/WASsERLEBEN/

Opening times:

28/29 March 2017 (Tuesday and Wednesday): 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

30 March 2017 (Thursday): 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

31 March 2017 (Friday): 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

For more information please visit

www.wasser-berlin.de/en/VisitorService/WASsERLEBEN/.