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00:09:30
There’s no mistaking the distinct voice—whether throbbing, singing, or screaming—of an electric guitar. How does one instrument produce so many different sounds? We visit with Bay Area electric guitarists Ava Mendoza and Henry Kaiser, plus Subway Guitars’ very own Fat Dog, to explore the components of this versatile instrument, getting down to pick-ups, “pots,” and pedals that make it sing.

Project: Science in the City | Browse All

Date: May 8, 2013
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science
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00:06:50
Despite my better judgment, I invite TI staff educator Eric Muller to do one more set of activities—several things you can do with soda straws.

Project: Teacher Institute Science Teaching Tips | Browse All

Date: March 24, 2010
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Physics
Running Time:
00:08:12
Staff educator Modesto Tamez tells how he gets students exploring electromagnets, a great preparation for making an electric motor.

Project: Teacher Institute Science Teaching Tips | Browse All

Date: December 30, 2009
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Physics
Running Time:
00:02:54
In November 2009, Exploratorium After Dark welcomed particle physicist Dr. Austin Richards—aka Dr. MegaVolt. Under the Palace of Fine Arts rotunda, he jousted with a high-voltage Tesla coil, which generated 200,000 volts of electricity and shot 14-foot-long arcs of lightning through the air.

Project: After Dark | Browse All

Date: November 18, 2009
Format: Event
Category: Popular Culture
Subject(s): Physics, Art
Running Time:
00:04:22
Meet Dr. Ethan Brodsky from the U. of Wisconsin, who advised a group of undergraduate students in the design and build of an electric snowmobile. Video produced by Ice Stories correspondent Zoe Courville.

Project: Ice Stories: Dispatches from Polar Scientists | Browse All

Date: July 3, 2008
Format: Expedition
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): General Science, Geology/Earth Science
Running Time:
00:01:32
An introduction to the jitterbug, a simple motorized toy made of a recycled CD and a DC motor.

Project: AfterSchool Activities | Browse All

Date: January 13, 2008
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science
Running Time:
00:10:57
A detailed demonstration of how to make this toy, including a discussion of materials needed.

Project: AfterSchool Activities | Browse All

Date: January 13, 2008
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science
Running Time:
00:01:41
The science behind this toy, including a discussion of how electric circuits work, and how an unbalanced load (an off-center weight on your jitterbug) results in rotational vibration.

Project: AfterSchool Activities | Browse All

Date: January 13, 2008
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science
Running Time:
00:42:10
Exploratorium Senior Scientist, Dr. Paul Doherty, takes us through the Photoelectric Effect and the "invention" of photons.

Project: The Nobel Prize: 100 Years of Creativity | Browse All

Date: August 11, 2005
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Physics
Running Time:
00:59:28
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. Tee off with this week’s “secret” ingredient-aluminum foil!

Project: Iron Science Teacher | Browse All

Date: August 6, 2004
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science, Physics