Wind FairSunday, August 12, 2012
11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Outside the Exploratorium,
across from the Palace of Fine Arts Rotunda
What is the nature of this flighty spirit, the wind? —Guy Murchie, Song of the Sky
What sets air in motion—and how does it flow? How do wings work? What keeps your kite from crashing down?
From mighty trade winds steering ships and storms across the seas to mild-mannered zephyrs lifting dandelion seeds, winds are everywhere, shaping and being shaped by our environment. Get to know which way the wind blows in this free, open-air market of aeolian science and art activities.
Enjoy food from local vendors as you browse wind-driven wares made by local artisans. Meet with meteorologists from the National Weather Service to learn how coastal winds affect weather. Join members of the SF Model Yacht Club to see the cut of their jibs, and build kites, rotocoptors, and other wind-powered wonders with Explorables volunteers. Examine the aerodynamics of windborne seeds, and learn how Makani Power flies wind turbines high above the ground.