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Slow motion footage of The Cauldron by Kiki at the Fire and Ice After Dark event.

Project: After Dark | Browse All

Date: December 3, 2009
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Popular Culture
Subject(s): Art
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00:00:52
Slow motion footage of Pyrograph, a work by Earl "Dodger" Stirling that has been described as a cross between Dante's Inferno and the Foucault Pendulum. Like a fiery version of the Exploratorium's classic Drawing Board exhibit, Pyrograph swings a pendulum across a sandy, flaming cauldron and traces out oscillating patterns in colorful fire.

Project: After Dark | Browse All

Date: December 3, 2009
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): Art, Chemistry
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Most things won't burn on Mars—after all, the main ingredient in the Martian atmosphere, carbon dioxide, is used in fire extinguishers on earth. So how would one create fire without oxygen? Use metal!This slow motion footage shows magnesium burning within a block of dry ice.

Project: After Dark | Browse All

Date: December 3, 2009
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Geology/Earth Science, Chemistry, Art
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:
00:02:54
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:
00:00:38
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:
00:00:25
Our 40th anniversary members' magazine has a cool augmented-reality cover that works with your webcam. Try it here.

Project: Fabricated Realities: Virtual Worlds, Mixed and Augmented Reality | Browse All

Date: September 30, 2009
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Popular Science
Subject(s): Art
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