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This After Dark event featured a special installation of the Cubatron by Bay Area artist and engineer Mark Lottor. A visually stunning favorite of music and art festival audiences, the Cubatron is a 3–D light sculpture made from 8–x–8-foot modular cubes, each containing 1,000 individually programmable RGB LEDs. Viewed from any direction—even underneath—the Cubatron’s thousands of programmed pixels paint exquisite arrays of color that cascade in spectacularly dynamic patterns.

Project: After Dark | Browse All

Date: January 20, 2010
Format: Event
Category: Popular Culture
Subject(s): Art, General Science
Running Time:
00:03:50
A mouse's eye view of the main floor of the Exploratorium. Filmed at the Palace of Fine Arts location in January 2010.

Project: Miscellaneous | Browse All

Date: January 5, 2010
Format: Event
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): general science, art
Running Time:
01:36:04
Join A, K. C. Cole, author of Something Incredibly Wonderful Happens: Frank Oppenheimer and the World He Made Up, in conversation with Exploratorium Director Dr. Dennis Bartels, eminent San Francisco Chronicle science writer David Perlman, Cinema Arts Director Liz Keim, and Exploratorium physicist Thomas Humphrey. A question-and-answer session followed the panel discussion.

Project: History of the Exploratorium | Browse All

Date: December 1, 2009
Format: Lecture
Category: Popular Science
Subject(s): Art, Cognitive Science/Psychology, General Science, History, Physics
Running Time:
00:08:00
Produced by Thorne Films, this very early 1972 film details some of the history and thought that went into the creation of the Exploratorium as told by its founding director, Frank Oppenheimer.

Project: History of the Exploratorium | Browse All

Date: November 30, 2009
Format: Interview
Category: Popular Culture
Subject(s): Art, General Science, History
Running Time:
00:00:38
This electrifying After Dark event featured Austin Richards, Ph.D.—aka, Dr. MegaVolt®—jousting with 14-foot electrical arcs from his high-voltage Tesla coil on the evening of Thursday, November 5, 2009. This wonderful performance contributed to the celebration of the Exploratorium’s 40th Anniversary.

Project: After Dark | Browse All

Date: October 14, 2009
Format: Event
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): Art, Physics, General Science
Running Time:
00:04:51
A detailed demonstration of how to do the Color Chromatography activity, which lets you see the colors hidden in black ink. Includes a discussion of materials needed.

Project: AfterSchool Activities | Browse All

Date: September 10, 2009
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science, Chemistry
Running Time:
00:00:51
An introduction to how to make your own simple speaker, which transmits sound from a radio or MP3 player and demonstrates the principles of electromagnetism and vibration.

Project: AfterSchool Activities | Browse All

Date: September 10, 2009
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science
Running Time:
00:06:43
A detailed demonstration of how to make a cup speaker, including a discussion of materials needed.

Project: AfterSchool Activities | Browse All

Date: September 10, 2009
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science
Running Time:
00:02:25
The science behind the Cup Speaker activity, including how electromagnets work, and how in this activity the magnet pushes the bottom of a cup back and forth, vibrating the air and creating sound.

Project: AfterSchool Activities | Browse All

Date: September 10, 2009
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science
Running Time:
00:00:59
Exhibit developer Erik Thogersen backs away from the Giant Mirror. Watch his image change as he passes through the focal point, then continues on past the center of curvature.

Project: Reflections | Browse All

Date: September 9, 2009
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science, Physics