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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
Running Time:
00:03:20
As part of the festivities in honor of the Exploratorium's opening at Pier 15, Obscura Digital, internationally recognized creative technology innovators, transformed the historic façade of Pier 15 into a spectacular, interactive odyssey through micro and macro phenomena on multiple time scales.

Project: Miscellaneous | Browse All

Date: May 22, 2013
Format: Event
Category: Popular Culture
Subject(s): Art
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00:09:30
There’s no mistaking the distinct voice—whether throbbing, singing, or screaming—of an electric guitar. How does one instrument produce so many different sounds? We visit with Bay Area electric guitarists Ava Mendoza and Henry Kaiser, plus Subway Guitars’ very own Fat Dog, to explore the components of this versatile instrument, getting down to pick-ups, “pots,” and pedals that make it sing.

Project: Science in the City | Browse All

Date: May 8, 2013
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science
Running Time:
00:03:06
Since 1969, the Exploratorium has set the standard for hands-on, inquiry-based education. See how our new Pier 15 home, with its new exhibits and expanded resources, is helping us achieve our mission: to change the way the world learns.

Project: Miscellaneous | Browse All

Date: April 17, 2013
Format: Event
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science, Physics, Art
Running Time:
00:12:40
For our first episode in a new season of "Science in the City," we explore the creation of a bell for the Exploratorium’s new home at Pier 15. Artist Nick Diphillipo has been designing and casting bells and other objects for over thirty years. He teaches bell making at The Crucible in Oakland, California, as well as other foundry-related subjects.

Project: Science in the City | Browse All

Date: April 10, 2013
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Art, General Science