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00:23:54
Ezra Daly explains how he makes musical instruments out of car and motorcycle parts, then plays his Frankenbass, created from a Moto Guzzi motorcycle gas tank, a chrome tailpipe, and scrap mahogany. Next, Doc Popular (aka Brian Roberts) shows how he creates instruments by circuit-bending toys. Doc--not just an inventor and a video editor but a yo-yo champion as well--will also demonstrate some yo-yo tricks.

Project: MAKE at the Exploratorium | Browse All

Date: August 4, 2007
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science, Art
Running Time:
00:24:53
Inventors Windell Oskay and Lenore Edman demonstrate the CandyFab 4000, a printer that creates 3D sculpture by stacking 2D images made of sugar. Drawing from disciplines as varied as circuit hacking and sewing, the sugar printer is only one of Oskay and Edman's many projects, which include an interactive dining table and hard-drive wind chimes.

Project: MAKE at the Exploratorium | Browse All

Date: July 28, 2007
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science, Art
Running Time:
00:20:27
While demonstrating how to build an electromechanical digital clock, Jim Newton talks about different kinds of tools—from low-tech, such as a drill press or a welder, to high-tech, such as laser and plasma cutters. Jim is a lifetime maker, veteran BattleBots builder, and former MythBuster.

Project: MAKE at the Exploratorium | Browse All

Date: July 21, 2007
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science
Running Time:
00:27:55
It's geometry! It's knitting! It's—hyperbolic crochet! Artist and science writer Margaret Wertheim shows you how to represent a hyperbolic plane using crochet hooks and yarn. Beginning with a simple crochet chain, learn how to create a geometric shape with a constant negative curvature just by adding stitches.

Project: MAKE at the Exploratorium | Browse All

Date: July 14, 2007
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science, Art
Running Time:
00:33:42
Tinkerer, programmer, and musician Ken Murphy shows how to build electromechanical "bugs" built from scavenged materials and powered with a single coin-cell battery. When the Blinkybug's wire antennae detect motion from air currents or vibrations, the bug comes to life, with its LED eyes blinking in rhythmic patterns.

Project: MAKE at the Exploratorium | Browse All

Date: July 7, 2007
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science
Running Time:
01:01:49
In this zany competition teachers will have ten minutes to create a science activity from a special secret ingredient. This week: crayons!

Project: Iron Science Teacher | Browse All

Date: July 7, 2006
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Physics
Running Time:
1:02:09
In this zany competition teachers have ten minutes to create a science activity from a special secret ingredient. This week: iron!

Project: Iron Science Teacher | Browse All

Date: June 30, 2006
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Physics
Running Time:
1:00:13
Watch as the best teachers on the planet battle it out for the title of Iron Science Teacher. In this zany competition teachers will have ten minutes to create a science activity. This week’s “secret” ingredient: Clothespins!

Project: Iron Science Teacher | Browse All

Date: July 8, 2005
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science, Physics
Running Time:
00:56:57
Watch as the best teachers on the planet battle it out for the title of Iron Science Teacher. In this zany competition teachers will have ten minutes to create a science activity. This week’s “secret” ingredient: CD cases!

Project: Iron Science Teacher | Browse All

Date: July 1, 2005
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science, Physics
Running Time:
00:53:29
The only thing to beat out Iron Science Halloween! Holiday madness right when you could use a laugh.... today's secret ingredient: fruitcake!

Project: Iron Science Teacher | Browse All

Date: December 17, 2004
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science