By Natalie Rusk and John
Vollis Simpson loves creating contraptions that whirl in the
wind. His yard in Lucama, North Carolina, is filled with spinning ducks,
horses, airplanes, guitar players, and shapes of all sizes made from discarded
highway signs, bicycle wheels, scrap metal, pie pans, malt cups, and ice
cream scoops that jang, cling, blong, and creak.
The fourth-grade students in Ms.Thimmesch's class at the
Museum Magnet School in St. Paul, Minnesota, make wind-powered machines.
They create whirligigs using shoeboxes, cardboard, wire, and plastic plates.
When the students saw pictures of Vollis Simpson's yard, they had lots of
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Two new "downloadable" exhibits for the Macintosh OS.
Check out the Depth
Spinner or the Squirming
Explore the history of the Exploratorium's home, the Palace of Fine Arts.
View a video stream with historic footage of the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition.
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