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00:08:39
Geeks have strange hobbies. Staff physicist Paul Doherty plays the corrugated plastic tube, also known as a “whirly,” and explains the surprising science behind the sound.

Project: Teacher Institute Science Teaching Tips | Browse All

Date: January 13, 2010
Format: Interview
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Physics
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:
12:25:46
Why do many things sound different underwater? How are echoes made? Can you feel or see sound? Join us as we delve into the mysteries of sound. This webcast will feature an Aim High student demonstrating how to make a membranophone; Exploratorium physicist Dr. Paul Doherty modeling sound with ringing aluminum rods, corrugated plastic whirlies, and a slinky; and Marco Jordan, lead educator in the Exploratorium's Outreach program, demonstrating sound science with a "whine" glass and a singing bowl.

Project: Science Wire | Browse All

Date: May 4, 2002
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Physics
Running Time:
01:01:28
For science fair competition taken to the third power, watch two veteran scientists as they battle head to head to determine who is the Iron Scientist. Home-town favorite, Exploratorium physicist, Dr. Dr. Paul Doherty will square off against heavy-weight contender, visiting Exploratorium Osher Fellow and Boston University astrophysicist Professor Kenneth Brecher. They have 5 minutes to teach their favorite activities, and then move on to the secret ingredients: marbles and panty hose

Project: Iron Science Teacher | Browse All

Date: October 12, 2001
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science
Running Time:
1:05:40
Watch as the best teachers on the planet battle it out for the title of Iron Science Teacher. In this zany competition teachers will have ten minutes to create a science activity. This week’s “secret” ingredient: tennis balls!

Project: Iron Science Teacher | Browse All

Date: August 3, 2000
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Physics