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The Exploratorium's Playful Invention and Exploration (PIE) department is inviting the public to create components of a multi-step chain reaction at Bay Area Maker Faire, 2009. Watch live as each maker's machine sets off the next, culminating in a grand finale!

Project: MAKE at the Exploratorium | Browse All

Date: May 30, 2009
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Art, Physics
Running Time:
00:16:50
For the second time, the Exploratorium's Playful Invention and Exploration (PIE) department is inviting the public to create components of a multi-step chain reaction at Bay Area Maker Faire, 2009. Watch live as each maker's machine sets off the next, culminating in a grand finale!

Project: MAKE at the Exploratorium | Browse All

Date: May 30, 2009
Format: Event
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Art, Physics
Running Time:
00:07:42
How big does a mirror have to be for you to see yourself in it? Exploratorium staff physicist Thomas Humphrey describes an activity you can use in your classroom to investigate simple optics.

Project: Teacher Institute Science Teaching Tips | Browse All

Date: May 20, 2009
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Physics
Running Time:
00:04:00
TI staff educator Modesto Tamez explains how to make a simple straw oboe that will bring down the house (and teach good physics!)

Project: Teacher Institute Science Teaching Tips | Browse All

Date: March 18, 2009
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Physics
Running Time:
00:05:56
TI staff educators Lori Lambertson and Tory Brady explore the math behind the morning paper.

Project: Teacher Institute Science Teaching Tips | Browse All

Date: March 18, 2009
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Physics
Running Time:
00:17:30
We speak with glaciologists Slawek Tulaczyk and Jake Walter, who study ice-sheet dynamics.

Project: Ice Stories: Dispatches from Polar Scientists | Browse All

Date: December 19, 2008
Format: Expedition
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): Physics, Astronomy/Space Science
Running Time:
00:39:52
Join us as we talk to scientists working with IceCube, a neutrino telescope buried in the ice under the South Pole.

Project: Ice Stories: Dispatches from Polar Scientists | Browse All

Date: December 18, 2008
Format: Expedition
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): Astronomy/Space Science, Physics
Running Time:
00:00:28
The air is so dry here at McMurdo that anything that gets charged, stays charged. Moist air quickly discharges objects because the water in the air picks up charge from an object and quickly flies away, taking charges with it. This does not happen here. We are constantly getting shocks from our clothing, our bedding and when we exit vehicles.

Project: Ice Stories: Dispatches from Polar Scientists | Browse All

Date: December 11, 2008
Format: Expedition
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): General Science, Physics
Running Time:
00:37:58
Halloween Special Edition! In this zany competition teachers have ten minutes to create a science activity from a special Halloween secret ingredient... bats!

Project: Iron Science Teacher | Browse All

Date: October 31, 2008
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Physics, General Science, Life Science/Biology
Running Time:
00:11:17
An interview with science historian Richard Carrier.

It's not enough to know that a nutcracker works; a scientist needs to know why. Historian Richard Carrier recounts how, in ancient Greece, pondering the nutcracker led to the physics of levers. He describes how Aristotle and others shaped the beginnings of Western scientific thought: the notion that knowledge of the natural world relies on being able to question, test, reproduce and improve the accuracy of what's believed to be true. He explains why he sees science as a practice rooted in values, how it protects us from our own erroneous tendencies, and why questioning authority helps foster scientific thinking.

Project: Evidence: How Do We Know What We Know? | Browse All

Date: August 20, 2008
Format: Interview
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Physics