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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. 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! Exploratorium biologist Karli Woodward conducts a plankton drag at our new home at Pier 15, sweeping a net through the water to survey the astonishing variety of tiny organisms that thrive in the San Francisco Bay. Musician and comedian Reggie Watts improvises in the Sound Column at the Exploratorium's former home using only his voice and a looping machine. Are the stripes spinning . . . or are you?
Exploratorium exhibit "Silage Beach," by Artist-in-Residence Mowry Baden. When a moving scene dominates your field of view, you almost always perceive yourself as moving and the scene as stationary. You assume that you must be moving because in normal, everyday life, you move through the landscape–it doesn't move past you.
Come play at the Exploratorium! Now open at Pier 15 in San Francisco. Exploratorium film by Lynn Rosen and Steve Giordano for KVOS-TV, Bellingham, Washington, 1974 Panama, Pork Pie, Bowler, Fedora—the hat is back. Reviving the traditional art of handmade haberdashery, the women of "Paul's Hat Works" in San Francisco guide us through their century-old hat-making process, from custom measurement and blocking of the felt blank to hand-stitched finishing and the final flange. For more information on "Paul"s Hat Works" go to http://www.hatworksbypaul.com/. 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. Find your rhythm. Come play at the Exploratorium! Now open at Pier 15 in San Francisco. 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."