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The Wave Organ is a wave-activated sound sculpture located at the end of a jetty in the San Francisco Bay. It was created by artist Peter Richards and master stonemason George Gonzalez in 1986.

The installation is an unlikely sight: a collection of curbstones and cemetery stones that appear in the Bay like an ancient ruin or a strange dream. In this unusual place of discovery and contemplation, the musical phenomenon is only part of the point.

In this audio slideshow, Peter Richards, now a senior artist at the Exploratorium, shares his inspiration for creating this piece and explores its function as a theater in which many different kinds of human experiences unfold.



Project: Driven: True Stories of Inspiration | Browse All

Date: July 16, 2010
Format: Interview
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Art
Running Time:
00:37:59
This week's secret ingredient was leaves! This week's secret ingredient was triangles! Cheer on the competitors in this zany science cook-off. Teachers compete before a live audience at the Exploratorium for the revered title, "Iron Science Teacher."

Project: Iron Science Teacher | Browse All

Date: July 9, 2010
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Physics, General Science, Chemistry, Life Science/Biology
Running Time:
00:03:30
Justin Holl and Peter Winch from the Gulf of the Farallones Marine Sanctuary and print-maker Julie Whitcomb explore squid anatomy through dissections, ink extractions, and squid prints.

Project: Miscellaneous | Browse All

Date: July 8, 2010
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Art, general science,
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This week's secret ingredient was lightbulbs! Cheer on the competitors in this zany science cook-off. Teachers compete before a live audience at the Exploratorium for the revered title, "Iron Science Teacher."

Project: Iron Science Teacher | Browse All

Date: July 2, 2010
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Physics, General Science, Chemistry, Life Science/Biology
Running Time:
00:03:06
This video shows some of the stunning imagery captured by the high definition cameras on the Little Hercules ROV on June 30, 2010 during the vehicles second dive down to Kawio Barat volcano.

Project: Voyages of Discovery: NOAA's Okeanos Explorer | Browse All

Date: June 30, 2010
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Life Science/Biology, Geology/Earth Science
Running Time:
00:37:00
Cheer on the competitors in this zany science cook-off. Teachers compete before a live audience at the Exploratorium for the revered title, "Iron Science Teacher." The Exploratorium's Iron Science Teacher competition showcases science teachers as they devise demonstrations around a particular "secret" ingredient—and today's secret ingredient was oil!

Project: Iron Science Teacher | Browse All

Date: June 25, 2010
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Physics, General Science, Chemistry, Life Science/Biology
Running Time:
00:05:08
Annette Young Smith, along with her neighbors, transformed a littered patch of grass and weeds on a median strip in San Francisco's Bayview District into a lush neighborhood garden full of decorative and edible plants.

Project: Accidental Scientist: Science of Gardening | Browse All

Date: June 8, 2010
Format: Interview
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Life Science/Biology, Geology/Earth Science
Running Time:
00:06:18
Whether it's giant pumpkins or gorgeous orchids, people lavish attention upon these botanical marvels in the hopes of creating award-winning specimens. Orchid enthusiasts Trudy Hadler and Ray Vickers-Traft divulge why they devote themselves to cultivating for competition.

Project: Accidental Scientist: Science of Gardening | Browse All

Date: June 8, 2010
Format: Interview
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Life Science/Biology, Geology/Earth Science
Running Time:
00:01:27
Would you drink from a water fountain fashioned from an actual (but unused!) toilet? Watch museum visitors experience the tension between reason and emotion while playing with this unusual Mind area exhibit, aptly named "Sip of Conflict."

Project: Mind | Browse All

Date: June 8, 2010
Format: Exhibit
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Cognitive Science/Psychology
Running Time:
00:08:25
Size and scale can be difficult concepts to teach. TI staff educator Lori Lambertson talks us through one of her favorite activities, using one of her favorite dolls-Barbie.

Project: Teacher Institute Science Teaching Tips | Browse All

Date: June 2, 2010
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
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