Browsing 220 - 230 results of 540 programs for category - Everyday Science
Gerd Mairandres, Head of the Wig and Make-Up Department at the San Francisco Opera for over 30 years, takes us backstage before a performance of Madama Butterfly to share his passion for wigs and makeup and his enduring love of opera. In this show, we explore the Outdoor Exploratorium project, a collection of exhibits that enhance a unique and iconic landscape on the edge of San Francisco Bay. We hear from Exploratorium exhibit developers Shawn Lani and Steve Gennrich, who reflect on the challenges and rewards of going outside the walls of the museum--and way outside of their familiar ways of working--to successfully bring exhibits into the open air. Megan and Rick Prelinger opened their personal library in San Francisco in 2004, seeking to share their collection of books and resources with a larger community. In this show, Megan shares her story of making this "hopeful gesture" towards a world where knowledge is accessible to all. As she puts it, "in utopia, there are no closed stacks." Biologist Kristina Yu and exhibit developer Denise King share their love for the mighty (and mightily underappreciated) microorganism.
Senior Exploratorium scientist, Paul Doherty, unlocks the mystery behind the corrosive dust that coats the Black Rock Desert. Exploratorium Senior Scientist Paul Doherty discusses the science of dust devils and describes how vortices are created in the Black Rock Desert. The Exploratorium crew got the opportunity to enjoy a bird's eye view of the Black Rock desert. Join us as we investigate the challenges of navigating density altitude in this extreme climate. Some moments are so perfectly arresting that they can change the course of our lives. Here, widely influential psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi meditates on those inciting moments of inspiration, and how we might find them anywhere.
For John Edmark, geometry is a foundation for creating beauty. Here he explains his interest in unexpected natural phenemona, and how visitors to his kaleidoscopic piece, The Geometron, can turn simple shapes into surprisingly intricate patterns of reflection. Master weaver Stacy Speyer explains how her relationship to math morphed from casual curiosity into an intensive study of the multifaceted shapes known as polyhedra. After re-creating these fundamental geometric forms in different materials, she developed her own variations and juxtapositions.