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Cheryl E. Leonard is a composer, performer, and instrument builder who creates instruments from unusual raw materials—everything from glass shards and pinecones to glaciers and box springs. This interview took place at the Exploratorium on October 10, 2013, just prior to her performance of Selections from Antarctica: Music from the Ice with Phillip Greelief.

Project: Resonance | Browse All

Date: October 11, 2013
Format: Interview
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science, Art
Running Time:
00:50:00
Cheryl E. Leonard is a composer, performer, and instrument builder who creates instruments from unusual raw materials—everything from glass shards and pinecones to glaciers and box springs. Here she performs Selections from Antarctica: Music from the Ice with Phillip Greelief, as part of the Exploratorium’s Resonance series.

Project: Resonance | Browse All

Date: October 11, 2013
Format: Event
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science, Art
Running Time:
00:07:10
Seasonal cycles and winter storms bring extra-high "king tides" that can swamp coastal structures and habitats. What’s a coastal dweller to do? Take pictures! It’s no joke: Educators from the California King Tides Initiative explain how citizen snapshots can be of real value to researchers and policy makers.

Project: Science in the City | Browse All

Date: October 11, 2013
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science
Running Time:
00:03:14
Japanese artist Fujiko Nakaya muses on her ephemeral outdoor creation for the Exploratorium—the Fog Bridge—explaining it as both an homage to San Francisco and a conversation with nature itself.

Project: Arts at the Exploratorium | Browse All

Date: October 10, 2013
Format: Event
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science, Art
Running Time:
00:01:50
Take a good look around: The ho-hum spots you inhabit every day are actually secret laboratories full of fascinating and eye-popping amazement—from the instant you wake up to the time you nod off at night! Discover these awe-inspiring scientific playgrounds with Exploralab—the hands-on, action-packed activity guide from the world's most beloved and fun-filled laboratory, the Exploratorium, in San Francisco. Exploralab contains tons of way-cool tools of inquiry to help kids get in on the science fun, including: a magnifier, reflective paper, fabric swatches, an eraseable whiteboard, textured paper, a spinning disc, polarizing filters, colored acetate sheets, and glow-in-the-dark ink!

Project: Miscellaneous | Browse All

Date: September 25, 2013
Format: Event
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science
Running Time:
00:12:21
Musician and comedian Reggie Watts improvises in the Sound Column at the Exploratorium's former home using only his voice and a looping machine.

Project: Resonance | Browse All

Date: September 10, 2013
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Popular Culture
Subject(s): General Science, Art, Physics
Running Time:
00:26:22
Exploratorium film by Lynn Rosen and Steve Giordano for KVOS-TV, Bellingham, Washington, 1974

Project: History of the Exploratorium | Browse All

Date: August 16, 2013
Format: Interview
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): History
Running Time:
00:05:05
British artist and tinkerer Tim Hunkin takes a break from installing his latest creation for the Exploratorium — a massive, whimsical, kinetically sculptural clock featuring legions of tiny tinkerers at work — to discuss the clock’s inspiration and evolution over a proper English cup of tea.

Project: Arts at the Exploratorium | Browse All

Date: August 4, 2013
Format: Interview
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Art
Running Time:
00:00:34
Find your rhythm. Come play at the Exploratorium! Now open at Pier 15 in San Francisco.

Project: Miscellaneous | Browse All

Date: July 31, 2013
Format: Exhibit
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Art, General Science
Running Time:
00:06:46
With a roll of thin plastic diffraction grating and some "stolen" sunlight, artist and exhibit developer Pete Stephens transformed the interior of the Palace of Fine Arts into a dazzling riot of spectral color. As he works to recreate the effect at the new Exploratorium at Pier 15, Stephens recounts the challenges—and the inspiration—of this expansive experiment in light.

Project: Science in the City | Browse All

Date: June 12, 2013
Format: Interview
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Physics