Found 10 - 20 results of 29 programs matching keyword " port of san francisco"


Science in the City:  Golden Gate Bridge Dynamics (Clip)
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Admit it: Hasn't the Godzilla inside you always wanted to grab the Golden Gate Bridge and shake it silly? Finally, you can. In honor of the iconic span's 75th birthday, Exploratorium exhibit developer Dave Fleming presents a dynamic model of the Golden Gate Bridge. What happens to the bridge during an earthquake? How about strong winds and heavy traffic? The model dances and wiggles realistically, displaying the same vibrational modes and motions that occur in the actual bridge.

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Date: May 9, 2012
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): General Science

Keywords: exploratorium, san francisco, golden gate bridge, 75th anniversery, suspension bridge, earthquake, wind, exhibit, mickey hart


Science in the City:  Underworld (Clip)
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00:06:39
Beneath the 100-year-old piers that will soon house the new Exploratorium, highly specialized divers are working around the clock to repair and restore a part of the museum that most people will never see: the 1,200 concrete piles—sunk into the bay mud—that support the piers.

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Date: February 13, 2012
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science

Keywords: exploratorium, san francisco bay, construction, piers 15 and 17, piles, scuba diving, piles, engineering


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Exploratorium at the Piers:  The Fries Bridge is Installed (Clip)
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The waters of San Francisco Bay are making a dramatic comeback as workers slowly remove a 1950s-era paved deck from between Piers 15 and 17 on the historic Embarcadero, at the site of the Exploratorium’s new home. In early November 2011, the east bridge, dedicated to the Fries family by San Francisco philanthropist Bill Fries, was put in place, connecting the terrace of the new Pier 15 Bay Observatory building to the adjacent side of Pier 17. When the museum opens in the spring of 2013, this bridge will offer prime views of the City and the Bay.

Project: Exploratorium at the Piers | Browse All

Date: January 5, 2012
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
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Keywords: exploratorium, san francisco bay, construction, bridge, piers 15 and 17, port of san francisco


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Exploratorium Science at America's Cup:  Green Sea Turtles (Clip)
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04:55
There are green sea turtles in San Diego Bay? Where did they come from? Do they really live over 100 years? Why is it important for scientists to keep track of these giant creatures, and how on earth do they do it? In this interview with ecologist Tomoharu Eguchi (NOAA Marine Fisheries Service) and ecology graduate student Sheila Madrak, we meet the sea turtles and explore these 'big' questions.

Project: Exploratorium Science at America's Cup | Browse All

Date: November 25, 2011
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Life Science/Biology

Keywords: exploratorium america's cup green sea turtle turtles tagging ecology biology noaa san diego bay power plant marine


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Exploratorium at the Piers:  Jitterbugging: Pouring Concrete at the Piers (Clip)
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Pouring concrete is an ongoing feature of construction at the Piers. This footage, captured in July 2011, shows the well-choreographed process involved, from pumping the concrete into rebar-latticed slabs via remote-controlled overhead boom, to vibrating the concrete to get rid of air pockets, to flattening the surface using 2x4s (“screed”) and rakes (“come-along tools”), to tamping in (“jitterbugging”) bits of sand and gravel, to the final smoothing and leveling of the finished surface. This pour created an extension to the southeast apron of Pier 15, adjacent to what will become the East Gallery.

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Date: November 23, 2011
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
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Keywords: exploratorium, port of san francisco, piers 15 and 17, construction, concrete pouring


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Exploratorium at the Piers:  A New Perspective on Construction (Clip)
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Take a look at the construction at Piers 15 and 17 from a different vantage point. This past August we recorded video of the Exploratorium's new home from a boat about 100 yards off the back of the piers.

Project: Exploratorium at the Piers | Browse All

Date: October 17, 2011
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
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Keywords: construction, exploratorium, san francisco, piers 15 and 17, san francisco, bay, water, ocean, piers, embarcadero, port


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Science in the City:  Lost and Found (Clip)
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Obsidian points, Spanish terra-cotta tiles, Prohibition-era liquor bottles—history lies buried underfoot in the Presidio, one of the earliest settlements in San Francisco, occupied in turn by the Ohlone Indians, Spanish, Mexicans, and the U.S. Army. Archaeologist Kari Jones shares tales of recent digs and discoveries in this national park, and explains why most artifacts are dug up only to be reburied.

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Date: July 28, 2011
Format: Interview
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): archeology, history, general science

Keywords: archeology, presidio, san francisco, el presidio, el polin springs, excavation, artifacts


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Exploratorium at the Piers:  Exploratorium at the Piers: The Observatory Takes Shape (Clip)
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Framing of the Exploratorium's Observatory Building, the only completely new construction at at the piers, began in April 2011. Iron workers placed various sizes of steel beams in piles around the concrete base of the Observatory. Then, while a crane raised and held each beam aloft, the workers used metal spikes to line up the holes of the beams and inserted bolts, tightening them down to tie the structure together. Because the Observatory Building is less than two stories tall, the iron workers were allowed to shimmy across the beams without harnesses. Once this process was finished, the beams were plumbed and welded together.

Project: Exploratorium at the Piers | Browse All

Date: July 14, 2011
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): General Science

Keywords: construction, beams, framing, iron workers, exploratorium, san francisco, piers 15 and 17, observatory


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Science in the City:  Pigeon Science (Clip)
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In this program we meet Elizabeth Young, pigeon rescue expert and head of the pigeon rescue organization MickCoo (http://www.mickacoo.org), for a personal introduction to pigeons-their history, their accomplishments, their contributions to research in animal behavior/memory/learning/and how they navigate long distances-as well as their plight in the city. For more information visit: www.RescueReport.org

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Date: June 7, 2011
Format: Interview
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Life Science/Biology

Keywords: pigeons, san franciso, science, city, behavior, biology, navigation, memory


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Science in the City:  Slide Rules (Clip)
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Come out to play on the concrete slides at Seward Street Mini Park in the Castro. A series of speed tests guided by physicist Paul Doherty takes on the question asked by sliders everywhere: How can I go faster?

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Date: April 13, 2011
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Physics

Keywords: san francisco, the castro, mini park, exploratorium, speed, physics, slides, friction, velocity


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