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Get to know the grandfather of all instruments, the Pipe Organ. We talked with Schoenstein & Company Organ Builders about the process of designing, constructing, and fine-tuning their instruments.
This is not your average art book. Brought to you by the Exploratorium's Tinkering Studio, The Art of Tinkering is an unprecedented celebration of what it means to tinker: to take things apart, explore tools and materials, and build wondrous, wild art that's part science and part technology. Join 150+ makers as they share the stories behind their beautiful and bold work--and learn a few lessons in tinkering yourself.
Cheryl E. Leonard is a composer, performer, and instrument builder who creates instruments from unusual raw materials—everything from glass shards and pinecones to glaciers and box springs. This interview took place at the Exploratorium on October 10, 2013, just prior to her performance of Selections from Antarctica: Music from the Ice with Phillip Greelief. Cheryl E. Leonard is a composer, performer, and instrument builder who creates instruments from unusual raw materials—everything from glass shards and pinecones to glaciers and box springs. Here she performs Selections from Antarctica: Music from the Ice with Phillip Greelief, as part of the Exploratorium’s Resonance series. Seasonal cycles and winter storms bring extra-high "king tides" that can swamp coastal structures and habitats. What’s a coastal dweller to do? Take pictures! It’s no joke: Educators from the California King Tides Initiative explain how citizen snapshots can be of real value to researchers and policy makers.
Plankton Populations is an exhibit at the Exploratorium that gives museum visitors both a global and microscopic view of the oceans' plankton, with social, open-ended interaction. The exhibit is an adaptation of a model created by scientists at MIT’s Darwin Project, which allows researchers to test how plankton respond to different environmental conditions, such as climate change. Japanese artist Fujiko Nakaya muses on her ephemeral outdoor creation for the Exploratorium—the Fog Bridge—explaining it as both an homage to San Francisco and a conversation with nature itself. Take a good look around: The ho-hum spots you inhabit every day are actually secret laboratories full of fascinating and eye-popping amazement—from the instant you wake up to the time you nod off at night! Discover these awe-inspiring scientific playgrounds with Exploralab—the hands-on, action-packed activity guide from the world's most beloved and fun-filled laboratory, the Exploratorium, in San Francisco.
Exploralab contains tons of way-cool tools of inquiry to help kids get in on the science fun, including: a magnifier, reflective paper, fabric swatches, an eraseable whiteboard, textured paper, a spinning disc, polarizing filters, colored acetate sheets, and glow-in-the-dark ink! Exploratorium biologist Karli Woodward conducts a plankton drag at our new home at Pier 15, sweeping a net through the water to survey the astonishing variety of tiny organisms that thrive in the San Francisco Bay. Musician and comedian Reggie Watts improvises in the Sound Column at the Exploratorium's former home using only his voice and a looping machine.