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Oops! A Make-Break Fest

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July 01, 2007

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Oops! A Make-Break Fest

July-August 2007 Events

Whether you’re skilled at soldering or still scared of your toolkit, don’t miss Oops! A Make-Break Fest. The following July and August events are for makers of all ages. Strip a car, make a machine, light up a circuit, and more. All events are included in the price of admission to the Exploratorium.

Saturday, July 7, 2007
Maker Saturdays
Every Saturday through August 4
Phyllis C. Wattis Webcast Studio, 1pm

Join Dale Dougherty, Publisher of Make and Craft magazines in the museum or live online at www.exploratorium.edu/maker as he introduces some of the most inventive makers in the Bay Area, all part of a new Do-It-Yourself movement. From knitting to robotics, you'll have a chance to interact with interesting tinkerers and learn something new. Whether you are a closet crafter, a serious hacker or an armchair inventor, come away with inspiration, and maybe even a new project. Guest Makers will demonstrate their creations, tell you how to do it yourself, and answer your questions.

Sunday, July 15, 2007
Marble Machines
Skylight Area, 11am-2pm

Use wooden dowels, pegboard, pieces of pipe, ceiling molding, and other unassuming materials to create a path for a traveling marble. Invent all sorts of obstacles and loops for the ball to traverse as you design, construct, and test your track -- then set it up for museum visitors to try! This drop-in workshop has room for 12-15 participants at a time. Recommended for ages 8 and up. This series of Playful and Inventive Explorations (PIE) are activities that blur the lines between science, art, and technology, utilizing familiar materials and everyday tools in unexpected ways. Creativity, personal expression, and construction are at its heart.

Saturday, July 21, 2007
Physics of Toys: Motor Mayhem and Other Magnetic Mishaps 11am-3pm

Stuck on magnets? Take charge of making and breaking with Physics of Toys. Pull apart magnetic devices, deconstruct motors, and build some magnetic toys of your own. Take home what you make!

Saturday, July 21, 2007
On Maker's Culture: A Conversation
McBean Theater, 3pm

From the rise of Burning Man to the recent emergence of Make magazine, maker's culture -- the do-it-yourself spirit of making, hacking, crafting, and designing things -- has long been part of the Bay Area. What are the ethos, mythology, and practices of maker's culture? Join the conversation with some Do-It-Yourself community vanguards: art curator LadyBee of Burning Man, editor Dale Doughtery of Make magazine, and sound artist/composer Krystyna Bobrowski.

Saturday, July 28, 2007
Improvisation from the Inside Out: A Parent-Child Workshop
McBean Theater, 11am-2pm

Using a selection of exercises and games developed by master improvisation teachers, we will move, make sounds, play with language, and experiment with rhythm and momentum. Whatever your previous skills or experience, this workshop invites you to discover a new level of inventive play. Facilitated by movement theater artist Julie Feinstein Adams and Exploratorium staff. For ages 5 and up. Class size is limited to 40 participants; No more than two children per adult, please. Call (415) 674-2870 to pre-register.

Sunday, July 29, 2007
Squeezable Circuits
Learning Studio, 1-4pm

Make your own electrical creation that lights up, buzzes, or jiggles when you squeeze it! Experiment with a variety of craft and electronic components, then sew your squeezable circuit onto a favorite stuffed animal, hat, or piece of clothing. Show off your squeezable circuit during the workshop, and take it home. A Playful and Inventive Explorations (PIE) activity. For ages 10-adult. Space is limited and reservations are required; please call (415) 674-2870 to reserve your spot.

Sunday, August 5, 2007
Car Dissection
Skylight Area, 11am-2pm

You may have looked under the hood of your car, but have you ever seen what's really inside? Even if you can't tell a gasket from a grill pan, roll up your sleeves and help take apart an old car. We'll provide the tools and mechanical expertise; just bring your curiosity and wear clothes you aren't afraid to get dirty. Our guide for this creatively controlled chop shop will be Jim Diffily, Vice President of Collections at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. A geologist by training, Jim indulges his lifelong love of all things mechanical by restoring (and occasionally ripping apart) old cars and tractors.

Saturday, August 11, 2007
Build Your Own Bag
Classroom, 11am-2pm

Design and create your own eco-friendly, playful bag and carry lightweight items in style. Repurpose old newspaper, netting, duct tape, slide protectors, banners, and other unexpected items into your one-of-a-kind bag. All materials provided. Participants are welcome to bring in their own scrap or found materials. For ages 8 and up. Limited capacity; first-come, first-served.

Sunday, August 12, 2007
Kinetic Creations: Wind-Powered Wonders!
Skylight Area, 11am-2pm

Invent and build your own wind-powered wonder to add to a collaborative display at the Exploratorium. Experiment with different materials that move in unusual ways when touched by the wind. A Playful and Inventive Explorations (PIE) activity, this drop-in workshop has room for 12-15 participants at a time. Recommended for ages 8 and up.

Saturday, August 18, 2007
Physics of Toys: Building from Failure
Skylight Area, 11am-3pm

Join the Physics of Toys team and find out how collapses and catastrophes influence modern building design. Using everyday objects, create structures to withstand a simulated earthquake. Take home what you make!

Sunday, August 19, 2007
Cardboard Automata (Mechanical Toys)
Skylight Area, 11am-2pm

Create working automata out of simple parts and hot glue. Toy automata are delightful wind-up or hand-cranked machines that preceded the age of electronic toys. It's a fun way to learn about simple machines and mechanical models. A Playful and Inventive Explorations (PIE) activity,this drop-in workshop has room for 12-15 participants at a time. It takes about 20-40 minutes to make your own automata to take home. Recommended for ages 8 and up.

Saturday, August 25, 2007
(De) Construct & Design: Arts Workshop
Classroom, 11am-2pm

Come hack and dissect the familiar in order to make something new. In this drop-in, hands-on workshop, we’ll use clay, collage, and found objects to explore and deconstruct everyday shapes -- then reconfigure them into personalized works of art. All materials provided. Participants are welcome to bring in their own scrap or found materials. For ages 6 and up.

Hours of Operation & New Evening Hours
Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm;  every Thursday evening adults only (ages 18 and up) 6pm-10pm.

$29 for adults, with lower rates for SF Bay Area residents, youth, seniors, students, teachers and the disabled. Tickets available at the door and advance tickets available online at www.exploratorium.edu/visit/tickets.

Getting Here
The Exploratorium is easily accessible by public transit. Convenient parking is available nearby. For more information, visit www.exploratorium.edu/visit/location-directions

About the Exploratorium
The Exploratorium is the global leader in informal learning, igniting curiosity and inspiring creativity in people of all ages. The world-renowned science museum creates original, interactive exhibits, on display at more than 1,000 science centers, museums and public spaces around the world. Dedicated to education reform in and out of the classroom, the Exploratorium is a premier professional development center for educators and a creator of award-winning educational resources. Since 1969, the Exploratorium has influenced generations of entrepreneurs, artists, scientists, teachers, students, children, museum professionals and everyday doers, reaching nearly 180 million people annually from around the globe. On April 17, 2013, the Exploratorium opened at Pier 15 in the heart of San Francisco's Embarcadero, where it will celebrate a new era of experiences that encourage critical thinking and awaken wonder for generations to come. For more information, visit www.exploratorium.edu/visit.

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