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Exploratorium Audio Salon:  Polynesian Navigation--Kalepa Baybayan and Paul Coleman (Podcast)
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00:21:08
Astrophysicist Paul Coleman and expert ocean navigator Kalepa Baybayan visited the Exploratorium as advisors to our Polynesian Navigation project—a large-scale Web resource (launching April 2010) that will feature the astounding navigation practices of the Pacific Islanders, who were expertly navigating the Pacific thousands of years before the arrival of Europeans. Paul Coleman works at the University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy, where he concentrates on the large-scale structure of the universe. Kalepa Baybayan is an expert navigator who mentors Hawaiian youth in native navigation practices. Both men are native Hawaiians. We spoke with them about traditional navigation practices, the balance between science and spirituality from a native perspective, and the benefits of being grounded in one’s culture.

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Date: July 15, 2009
Format: Interview
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): Physics, Astronomy/Space Science

Keywords: polynesia, navigation, sailing, navigator, hawaii, stars, pacific, ocean, boat, astronomy, audio salon


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Iron Science Teacher:  Oil (Webcast)
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00:49:07
Cheer on the competitors in this zany science cook-off. Teachers compete before a live audience at the Exploratorium for the revered title, "Iron Science Teacher." This week's secret ingredient was oil.

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Date: July 10, 2009
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science

Keywords: teacher institute

Links: Iron Science Teacher: Oil

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Try This!:   Paul Doherty and Alfredo Mateus (Webcast)
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00:22:45
Join Exploratorium Senior Scientist Paul Doherty and visiting scientist Alfredo Mateus for an exploration of hands-on demos. In today's webcast, Paul and Alfredo will be looking at a voice activated chemical reaction and what happens when you heat plastic in water!

Project: Try This! With Paul Doherty and Friends | Browse All

Date: July 10, 2009
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Physics, General Science

Keywords: hands-on demonstrations, science, voice activation, chemistry, physics, plastic bottles


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Iron Science Teacher:  Make Ferrofluid (Webcast)
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00:04:48
Sarah Santos and Jeremy Rector demonstrate two ways to make ferrofluid during a live Webcast of the Exploratorium's Iron Science Teacher. Watch the whole episode (type "oil" in the search box), along with many other episodes of Iron Science Teacher at www.exploratorium.edu/tv

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Date: July 10, 2009
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Geology/Earth Science, Physics

Keywords: ferrofluid, iron, magnet, snack, ist, oil, battery, diy


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Science Teaching Tips:  How Much Is a Million? (Podcast)
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00:07:49
Children’s book author David Schwartz shares some creative ways kids and teachers have used his books to look at big numbers.

Project: Teacher Institute Science Teaching Tips | Browse All

Date: July 8, 2009
Format: Interview
Category: Everyday Science
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Keywords: math, numbers, schwartz, david

Links: David Schwartz’s Web site

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Exploratorium Audio Salon:  NPR: Neighborhood Public Radio (Podcast)
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NPR, or Neighborhood Public Radio is an artists collective and community radio project founded in 2004 by multimedia artists and educators Lee Montgomery, Jon Brumit and Michael Trigilio. Acting as a traveling band of guerilla broadcasters, NPR personnel have hosted thematic broadcasts from San Francisco to Serbia, including a stint at the 2008 Whitney Biennial. What is Neighborhood Public Radio? Imagine a storefront community radio station open to you. You get access to the airwaves regardless of your qualifications or message. We caught up with the founders of the now-decentralized NPR team, in Oakland, Chicago and San Diego to talk about the technical, social and political aspects of broadcasting, and about their tattoos. As a special treat for our listeners we thought it would be fun to ask Lee, Jon and Michael to create a new Audio-Art piece for our Podcast series. The idea was simple. They would each create a composition that was no more than 5 minutes long, and we would layer all three parts together to create a single new work. Visit the link at the bottom to hear the results.

Project: Exploratorium Audio Salon | Browse All

Date: July 3, 2009
Format: Interview
Category: Popular Culture
Subject(s): Art

Keywords: art, radio, social media, npr, neighborhood public radio, audio art, audio salon

Links: NPR Trio: a new collaborative Sound-Art composition.
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Science Teaching Tips:  Sound Bytes (Part 1) (Podcast)
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00:05:32
Our host, Stephanie Chasteen, shares some fun facts and activities having to do with the science of sound.

Project: Teacher Institute Science Teaching Tips | Browse All

Date: July 1, 2009
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s):

Keywords: sound

Links: Stephanie Chasteen’s Web site

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MAKE at the Exploratorium:  Maker Faire 2009 Time Lapse 1 (Clip)
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This is a time-lapse movie of a chain reaction activity presented at the Exploratorium booth during Maker Faire 2009. Participants were asked to build a portion of a collective chain reaction contraption, which was set off twice during the day. Photos were taken every 30 seconds and then joined in a 24 fps movie.

Project: MAKE at the Exploratorium | Browse All

Date: June 29, 2009
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Art, General Science, Physics

Keywords: chain reaction, maker faire


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MAKE at the Exploratorium:  Maker Faire 2009 Time Lapse 2 (Clip)
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00:00:36
This is a time-lapse movie of a chain reaction activity presented at the Exploratorium booth during Maker Faire 2009. Participants were asked to build a portion of a collective chain reaction contraption, which was set off twice during the day. Photos were taken every 30 seconds and then joined in a 24 fps movie.

Project: MAKE at the Exploratorium | Browse All

Date: June 29, 2009
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Art, General Science, Physics

Keywords: maker faire, chain reaction


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Iron Science Teacher:  Nuts and Bolts (Webcast)
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00:54:21
Cheer on the competitors in this zany science cook-off. This week's secret ingredient was nuts and bolts

Project: Iron Science Teacher | Browse All

Date: June 26, 2009
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science

Keywords: teacher institute


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