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How can a wind-powered sailboat move faster than the wind? Why do the America's Cup sails look like airplane wings? With the beginner in mind, Exploratorium senior scientist Paul Doherty introduces the basic physics of sailing and sail design.

Project: Exploratorium Science at America's Cup | Browse All

Date: November 18, 2011
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science
Running Time:
00:00:15
At the Balancing Ball exhibit, a plastic beach ball floats mysteriously several feet above a large plastic cone. Upon closer inspection, the ball is found to be floating on a stream of air blowing out of the cone; visitors interact with the ball, changing its position in relation to the air flow.

Project: Exploratorium Exhibit Services | Browse All

Date: January 10, 2008
Format: Exhibit
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science
Running Time:
00:00:26
Shots of research vessel in the Barrow boat basin near Nuvuk.

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

Date: August 29, 2007
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science
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
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