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The Drop Project

April 4, 2014 - April 26, 2014


The Drop Project aims to personify aquatic ecosystems in order to create relatability to our everyday lives. This interactive exhibit will embody sustainability, cutting edge science communication, and marketing techniques. By building an informational exhibit based on sound science and strong in visual, tactile, and new media, we hope to combine the “familiar with the unfamiliar” and  create connections between individuals, communities, and their local watersheds.  During the month of April 2014, the Drop Project will be hosted at Assemble, “a community space for arts + technology.”

Water is a valuable and precious resource in the Pittsburgh region and around the world. The Drop Project is an interactive exhibit designed to characterize aquatic ecosystems and connect them to our everyday lives.

Visitors will bump their way through stream rocks made from recycled fabrics and will learn about the visible and invisible pollution that stress our waterways, which includes everything from plastic to pharmaceuticals. They will engage in creative, unconventional approaches to allow visitors to understand the problems, but also the personal practices, or “little drops” that can truly make a difference.

A major objective for The Drop Project is to provide a playful experience to learn about water, but also connect stakeholders. The Drop Project seeks to connect communities to action organizations, government agencies to non-profits, artists to scientists, and recreationalists to resource managers.

The mission and vision of The Drop Project is to share knowledge that inspires and connects individual lifestyle choices to watershed and human health; and to share knowledge that inspires and connects individual lifestyle choices to watershed and human health.

The Drop Project is a collaborative effort between Chatham Universirty graduate students Ann Payne and Kristen Reynolds, and their advisor Dr. Molly Mehling. It is the initial stage of Water Connects, a larger series of projects around water resources directed by Mehling.


April 4, 2014
April 26, 2014
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4824 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15224 United States
(412) 661-6111

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