Young visitors have the opportunity to make it rain and see how the shape of the land affects how water flows

"Shaping Watersheds" Interactive Sandbox

See with your hands. Explore how water moves down mountains into streams and through a watershed using the new Shaping Watersheds interactive exhibit. Build mountains, lakes, rivers and other landforms and make it "virtually" rain! Watch the water flow through the watershed that you created.

The "Augmented Reality" interactive sandbox uses state-of-the-art technology and your imagination to illustrate how our landscape is connected by the water that flows over it.

For more information and learn how to build you own sandbox visit

This exhibit was created by the LakeViz3D project funded by the National Science Foundation. Project partners include: UC Davis KeckCAVES, UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center, Lawrence Hall of Science, ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, and Audience Viewpoints Consulting.

See Video of the Exhibit in Action