The days here are getting shorter and we're enjoying the San Francisco fall--when the fog tends to stay offshore and the sun shines, but the air is cool. The trees are showing off their autumn colors, and we're enjoying the beautiful days.
In addition, daily and weekly features provide information.
For example, Site of the Day has a new Web site for teaching
and learning every day. How To QuickFlicks has weekly tutorials
on software use. News, IT Guy, Leaders' Edge, and Professional
Development QuickTips also have valuable information for
readers once a week. In addition, the Teacher Page spotlights
activities not only from the Exploratorium, but the Library
of Congress weekly.
2 - THE EXPLORATORIUM IN SECOND LIFE
What can a museum do in a virtual world that would be difficult--or impossible--to do in the real world? Exploratorium media creators and educators have been exploring this question by experimenting in Second Life (SL), a large, multiuser, three-dimensional online virtual world.
For over a year, our staff has been exploring the possibilities provided by Second Life and has done some amazing things. On March 29, 2006, we mixed real- and virtual-world experiences when we presented a live Webcast of our solar eclipse coverage from Side, Turkey, in three virtual SL amphitheaters. Our eclipse program was also shown on the Web and at the museum, but the experience was different in Second Life. People from around the world, represented by their avatars, gathered at the amphitheaters and shared the unique experience by chatting with each other and with Exploratorium (avatar) staff.
In the future, we plan to do a lot more in this online world.
We've purchased an island in SL where we are creating an
Exploratorium museum, full of exhibits impossible to create
on the floor of the museum. We'll continue to experiment
and expand the social, contextual, and educational possibilities
of SL through more live events, plus offer other features still in the planning stage.
3 - EXPLO.TV
The Exploratorium has archived Webcasts from 1996 to the present. We provide
video in multiple formats, including RealVideo, Windows Media, Flash, Quicktime, and streaming MPEG video of Webcasts into Second Life (though you need to have the
Second Life client to view these). We do about 20 live events per year and offer streaming video in bitrates from 56 to 1.2 Mbit.
Some recent Webcasts have included The Science of Yo-Yo,
Making Your Own Kind of Music, The Science of Humor, and
Making Hyperbolic Crochet with Margaret Werthelm. Upcoming
Webcasts include Ice Stories in November and December in
celebration of the International Polar Year (2007-2009).
We also offer podcasts for download for different Exploratorium projects.
RSS feeds of upcoming and recent Webcasts are available from our Webcasting portal http://www.exploratorium.edu/webcasts/webcasts_recent.xml
4 - SCIENCE OF COOKING: TURKEY
Yes, it's holiday time again and many of us will cook a turkey. How long do you cook your turkey? Since a 20-pound turkey is twice the size of a 10-pound bird, at first the answer might seem obvious: simply double the cooking time suggested for a 10-pound turkey. But is that really the right thing to do? Find out as you explore the physics of cooking.