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Water Wheel Day


Sun 29 Sep 2013, 10:00am–2:00pm

Where: Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science and History, 326 Main St, Palmerston North

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free


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Join Dr Robotech to Take the Water Wheel Challenge

Meet Chris Chitty, a.k.a Dr Robotech from the TV programme 'Let's Get Inventin', as he demonstrates his new water wheel invention. The Auckland-based Massey University engineering lecturer will help you take up the challenge to see how much energy you can create by changing the combination of wheels.

Come and Have a Go!

The new display is part of the Roman Machines exhibition at Te Manawa
It is well recognized that the Romans were true innovators with many of their innovations founded on engineering principles that have formed the basis for many products and services of today’s society. Engineering was applied to the radical design of roads, theatres, baths, and water supply – all focused on improving the lifestyle of the Romans.

The Water Wheel
A water wheel is a machine for converting the energy of free-flowing or falling water into useful forms of power.

The first clear description of a geared watermill is attributed to the late 1st century BC Roman engineer Vitruvius who tells of the sakia gearing system as being applied to a watermill. Vitruvius's account is particularly valuable in that it shows how the watermill came about, namely by the combination of the separate Greek inventions of the toothed gear and the water wheel into one effective mechanical system for harnessing water power.

Come along and find out more!

Other activities on the day
- Free puppet show
- Feed New Zealand’s native fish
- Special tours of Roman water wheels in the Roman Machines exhibition

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