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Cheryl E. Leonard is a composer, performer, and instrument builder who creates instruments from unusual raw materials—everything from glass shards and pinecones to glaciers and box springs. Here she performs Selections from Antarctica: Music from the Ice with Phillip Greelief, as part of the Exploratorium’s Resonance series.

Project: Resonance | Browse All

Date: October 11, 2013
Format: Event
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science, Art
Running Time:
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
Running Time:
00:00:39
An introduction to the cuica (pronounced KWEE-kah), a small friction drum used in Brazil's Carnival parade.

Project: AfterSchool Activities | Browse All

Date: January 14, 2008
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science
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00:06:39
A detailed demonstration of how to make this small friction drum, including a discussion of materials needed and how different kinds of materials make for cuicas that produce different sounds.

Project: AfterSchool Activities | Browse All

Date: January 14, 2008
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science
Running Time:
00:01:30
The science behind this musical instrument, including the concepts of sound, vibration, resonance, and amplification.

Project: AfterSchool Activities | Browse All

Date: January 14, 2008
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science
Running Time:
1:17:34
How do opera singers sing loud enough to be heard over an orchestra? Can an opera singer's voice really break a wine glass? What's the difference between a baritone and a soprano? Discover the answers to these questions—and more!—in this presentation for families. Join physicist and composer Dr. Brian Holmes and San Francisco Opera Center Director Sheri Greenawald to explore how the art and science of singing combine in opera.

Project: Doctor Atomic | Browse All

Date: October 8, 2005
Format: Interview
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): Everyday Science
Running Time:
1:13:04
Watch as Exploratorium staff and local teachers compete for the title of Iron Science Teacher. Each contestant has 10 minutes to make a science lesson out of a science ingredient. This is a Halloween edition of Iron Science Teacher, and today's secret ingredient is: Bones!

Project: Iron Science Teacher | Browse All

Date: October 29, 2004
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science, Physics
Running Time:
00:19:05
Join Exploratorium scientist Dr. Paul Doherty and Dr. Eric Wegryn as they discuss the rings of Saturn and show new images from Cassini.

Project: Saturn: Jewel of the Solar System | Browse All

Date: July 9, 2004
Format: Interview
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): Astronomy/Space Science
Running Time:
00:55:27
Watch as Exploratorium staff and local teachers compete for the title of Iron Science Teacher. Each contestant has 10 minutes to make a science lesson out of a secret ingredient. In this special Halloween edition, today's secret ingredient is: Plastic Bags!

Project: Iron Science Teacher | Browse All

Date: October 31, 2003
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science, Physics
Running Time:
1:20:37
Peer inside the thinking brain, using state-of-the-art functional magnetic resonance imaging. Scientists Gary Glover and John Desmond of the Richard M. Lucas Center for Imaging at Stanford University conduct cognitive tests on an Exploratorium staffer. Imaging tools display the active areas of the brain in real time.

Project: Revealing Bodies | Browse All

Date: April 22, 2000
Format: Interview
Category: Popular Science
Subject(s): Medicine