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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:
00:00:15
Aeolian Landscape is an exhibit in which a miniature wind-swept desert landscape is recreated by an electric fan and finely ground sand that mimics the process of wind picking up and depositing small particles. Visitors can change the direction of the fan, influencing the shape of the dunes.

Project: Exploratorium Exhibit Services | Browse All

Date: January 10, 2008
Format: Exhibit
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Art, Geology/Earth 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:
00:00:15
The Chaotic Pendulum exhibit contains a deceptively simple set of pendulums in a steel and Plexiglas case. The visitor twists a protruding knob, expecting the resulting motion to be fairly predictable. But the device's motion is chaotic, extremely complicated and long-lived.

Project: Exploratorium Exhibit Services | Browse All

Date: January 10, 2008
Format: Exhibit
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science, Physics
Running Time:
00:02:10
Artist Sheldon Brown creates an urban/suburban/rural environment in which the visitor literally "paints" the flying landscape with highways, buildings, and automobiles. This exhibit was part of the Virtual Unreality exhibition.

Project: Seeing Gallery | Browse All

Date: January 1, 2008
Format: Exhibit
Category: Popular Culture
Subject(s): Art, General Science
Running Time:
00:03:34
Live program from Side, Turkey Images from the Total Solar Eclipse that took place on March 28-29, 2006.

Project: Solar Eclipse: Stories from the Path of Totality | Browse All

Date: January 1, 2008
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s):
Running Time:
00:02:08
Penn State University glaciologist Dr. Richard Alley explains why ice is cool.

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

Date: December 14, 2007
Format: Interview
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): Geology/Earth Science,
Running Time:
00:03:24
What is dark energy? Cosmologist Rocky Kolb explains how the South Pole Telescope will help us understand the properties and nature of this mysterious force.

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

Date: December 7, 2007
Format: Interview
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): Astronomy/Space Science, Physics