The forms of water

European scholastic systems
June 5, 2018

Have you ever wondered what forms water can have?
We encounter it every day, we use it to wash things and to wash ourselves, to satisfy our thirst, to play, to water the plants, to cool ourselves off, for cooking (ISPRA, the “Istituto Superiore per la Protezione e la Ricerca Ambientale”, lists these as the main uses that we make of it). At times we abuse it – the census of Water Bodies for Civil Use points out that every person consumes approximately 220 litres of water per day (Istat data, 2015).

But have you ever stopped to think which and how many forms water can create?
Let us then be guided by Keri Smith, a brilliant Canadian artist, in whose book Come diventare un esploratore del mondo [How to become an explorer of the world] (Corraini, 2011), suggests that we “study and document the forms that water can create. Discover as many as you can. Do research on the subject. Invent new ones”.

And now: on with the research!
Arm yourselves with the instruments that you consider most useful – a camera? A small notebook? Several pencils? A magnifying glass? Some containers? Look around you – where can water be found? What form does it create in that place? And in another? Give space to questions that arise: make a note of them, share them; ask your friends, adults, people you don’t know to join you in your research. Circulate your discoveries, tell people about them, photograph them, share them; organise museums, create collections of possible forms of water.

What will you discover?
Who knows!
Set your research in motion and look as much as you can: in length and width, on earth and in the sky, near and far, upwards and downwards, in small things and in large things.
Water is everywhere and has many possible forms.
And so…

Valentina Morsenchio

Educationalist and expert on the subject of the Organisation and coordination of educational services
at the “Riccardo Massa” Department of Human Sciences for Development of the Bicocca University of Milan.

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