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XTech at the Exploratorium empowers high school students through the practical use of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics. Students develop skills - designing and building, creating media, and facilitating community education events - that will lead them into college and beyond.
In this show, we will be investigating lasers. Did you know that that LASER was an acronym? It stands for Light Amplification Stimulated by the Emission of Radiation. Join us in learning how a laser works, as well as a real world application for lasers, and finally, how they can create stunning light patterns.
Cheer on the competitors in this zany science cook-off, where teachers compete before a live webcast audience for the sought-after title, "Iron Science Teacher." This week's secret ingredient? Colors! Like the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco's cable cars are world-renowned as emblems of our city. Join us for a ride down Hyde Street as we investigate what makes these historic cars go—and more importantly, stop—on the steep hills of San Francisco.
To learn more visit the Cable Car Museum website: http://www.cablecarmuseum.org/index.html
Construction of Pier 15 from March 11th through May 27th of 2011. Images courtesy of Nibbi Construction. Music by Wayne Grim. Construction of the Observatory at Piers 15 & 17 from April 12th through April 27th of 2011. Images courtesy of Nibbi Construction. Music by Wayne Grim. Butoh masters Hiroko and Koichi Tamano discuss their rich practice of performing, teaching, and living Butoh that has spanned more than 40 years. In this program we meet Elizabeth Young, pigeon rescue expert and head of the pigeon rescue organization MickCoo (http://www.mickacoo.org), for a personal introduction to pigeons-their history, their accomplishments, their contributions to research in animal behavior/memory/learning/and how they navigate long distances-as well as their plight in the city.
For more information visit: www.RescueReport.org Join us for a preview of Oaxacan artisans that will be visiting the Exploratorium this summer as part of Colorfest! Red means stop, green means go—simple enough, right? But traffic lights are just a small part of the sophisticated science of traffic engineering. San Francisco Traffic Engineer Eddie Tsui takes us on a wild ride through his world, from computer simulations to ever-evolving detection technologies.
Intuit Founder Scott Cook, NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco, Former Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Ramon Cortines, and Retired Congressman Vernon Ehlers join KQED's Dave Iverson for a lively conversation on the topic of Science for Decision Making. This discussion was recorded at the Exploratorium's 34th Annual Awards Dinner on May 4, 2011.