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For thousands of years, Indian women have created these elaborate geometric designs using a variety of natural materials—flowers, spices, sand, and natural pigment—to mark auspicious occasions, celebrations, and milestones.

Project: Arts at the Exploratorium | Browse All

Date: April 23, 2013
Format: Event
Category: Popular Culture
Subject(s): art
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00:03:53
Join Exploratorium educator Ken Finn as he unlocks the mystery behind the black sand (a.k.a. magnetite) at Ocean Beach. This piece explores the origin of magnetite in the Sierra Nevada mountains, its journey down the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers to the Bay, and the interesting physical properties of this mineral, plus some fun things you can do with it.

Project: Science in the City | Browse All

Date: August 9, 2011
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science
Running Time:
00:03:21
This After Dark event, which explored the science behind slowing down, included artist Joe Mangrum, who created a sand mandala on the floor of the museum. In this timelapse video, shot over 8 hours, you can see the full arc of the work.

Project: After Dark | Browse All

Date: January 20, 2011
Format: Event
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Art
Running Time:
00:53:38
Open Make is a monthly program at the Exploratorium, in collaboration with Make Magazine and Pixar Animation Studios, to highlight the tools, techniques, and ingenuity of local makers. Makers from the Bay Area will be highlighted to share their work with the public, and Dale Dougherty, founder and editor of Make Magazine will interview Featured Makers in the McBean theater. This month's program will feature makers including Lani Smoot, Shawn Lani, Virginia Fleck, and Shih Chieh Huang.

Project: MAKE at the Exploratorium | Browse All

Date: January 15, 2011
Format: Interview
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science
Running Time:
00:00:52
Slow motion footage of Pyrograph, a work by Earl "Dodger" Stirling that has been described as a cross between Dante's Inferno and the Foucault Pendulum. Like a fiery version of the Exploratorium's classic Drawing Board exhibit, Pyrograph swings a pendulum across a sandy, flaming cauldron and traces out oscillating patterns in colorful fire.

Project: After Dark | Browse All

Date: December 3, 2009
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): Art, Chemistry
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00:00:15
Aeolian Landscape is an exhibit in which a miniature wind-swept desert landscape is recreated by an electric fan and finely ground sand that mimics the process of wind picking up and depositing small particles. Visitors can change the direction of the fan, influencing the shape of the dunes.

Project: Exploratorium Exhibit Services | Browse All

Date: January 10, 2008
Format: Exhibit
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Art, Geology/Earth Science
Running Time:
00:31:36
The two Mars Rovers are alive and well after surviving their second Martian winter. Come and see photos of discoveries they made during their third year on Mars, with Exploratorium Senior Scientist Paul Doherty.

Project: Return to Mars | Browse All

Date: March 31, 2007
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Astronomy/Space Science
Running Time:
00:25:43
Join Exploratorium physicists Paul Doherty and Stephanie Chasteen as they examine the past, present, and future of climate change. Watch as Paul and Stephanie demonstrate how you can look at a slice of climate from the past, what a sediment core might look like, and the secrets hidden in an ice balloon!

Project: Science from the Poles | Browse All

Date: December 2, 2006
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Popular Science
Subject(s): Geology/Earth Science
Running Time:
00:00:11
An clip of the Aeolian Landscape exhibit by artist Ned Kahn. Blowing air sculpts sand into an ever-changing landscape.

Project: Miscellaneous | Browse All

Date: January 10, 2006
Format: Exhibit
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Art, Geology/Earth Science
Running Time:
00:47:21
On December 11, 2005, Opportunity, one of the twin rovers exploring Mars, celebrated its first Martian birthday. Opportunity had been on the red planet 687 Earth days, which is one Martian year. (A year is the time it takes a planet to make a complete loop around the sun). Join us for a look back over the those 687 days of discovery: what we learned, what we saw, and what questions remained unanswered.

Project: Return to Mars | Browse All

Date: December 11, 2005
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): astronomy/Space Science