Episode 13: How Do You Move Water to Where You Want It to Go?

Meet the Expert: TeMika Grooms

TeMika Grooms is a civil engineer and artist, is inspired by the power of art and technology to influence change in society.  She uses her creative and technical skills to support teams developing landscapes, buildings, airports, roadways and play spaces. She currently works as a Project Engineer developing utility designs for counties and cities in the surrounding metropolitan Atlanta area.  She also creates fine art, murals, and writes and illustrates children’s books for the next generation of readers.  Her latest illustrations can be found in “Save the Crash-test Dummies” by Jennifer Swanson.  Learn more about TeMika Grooms at www.TeMikaTheArtist.com





TeMika’s work in the Rodney Cook Sr. Historic Park was to help move water from where you don’t want it to where you do. Not always an easy task. As a civil engineer, TeMika’s job is to understand water movement, soil composition, and work with pipes to get the water to the place where it is needed.

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Image from PIPDIC Industrial Area, Pondicherry












Here is a image of the completed Rodney Cook Sr. Historic Park (designed and built by Freese and Nichols)




Gather  2 straws, some water,  some oil (vegetable or corn) and a  bowl.

You are going to pour the water and oil through the straws and into the bowl.

Make a hypothesis. Which one do you think will flow faster and why?

Now pour water into one straw, pour oil into second straw.

 Was your hypotheis correct?

 Take a picture of your experiment.

With your parents permission, send us one of your pictures via email at podcast@solveitforkids.com OR

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If you send in your challenge OR just leave a comment below about the episode, you will be entered into a giveaway to win a FREE copy of the book listed below.




FREE BOOK to enter to win for this episode!


Canals and Dams!: With 25 Science Projects for Kids (Explore Your World) by Anita Yasuda and Mike Crosier (Nomad Press)

Did you know that hydropower supplies 16 percent of all electricity worldwide? And there are more than 57,000 big dams around the world!

Canals and Dams! With 25 Science Projects for Kids invites kids ages 7 though 10 to investigate the waterways that help the world run! Through fun facts and engaging content, readers explore record-breaking structures such as the Panama Canal and Hoover Dam. They also learn about the physics that make canals and dams work! Elementary-aged kids discover how hundreds of years of innovation created the canals and dams we know today and how this technology affects people and the environment. Discover how one dam can both supply electricity to entire cities, and flood entire towns, and how one canal can cut trade routes in half!




Book List:

Save the Crash-test Dummies by Jennifer Swanson (Author), TeMika Grooms (Illustrator) (Peachtree Publishing)

Introduction to Infrastructure: An Introduction to Civil and Environmental Engineering by Michael R. Penn and Philip J. Parker (Wiley)

Engineering the City: How Infrastructure Works, Projects and Principles for Beginners by Matthys Levy (Chicago Review Press)

Awesome Engineering Activities for Kids: 50+ Exciting STEAM Projects to Design and Build by Christina Schul (Rockridge Press)

Tunnels!: With 25 Science Projects for Kids (Explore Your World)  by Jeanette Moore (Author), Mike Crosier (Illustrator)  (Nomad Press)

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