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Find out about bicycle brakes and balance, and calculate your stopping distance on a bicycle.
Explore the important engineering concepts of yield strength, ultimate strength, and elasticity as they relate to building a better bicycle.
A bicycle, masking tape, paper, pencil, and a little curiosity are all you need to find out how the gears of a bicycle work.
Learn about bike gears using thread spools and a rubber band.
Why is the bicycle the most efficient way to travel? Explore bicycle science and culture.
Make a paper model that helps explain the changing tides.
It's not just the moon that causes ocean tides.
Use live data to make your own wave predictions, wherever you are.
Want to understand how to predict when the good waves are coming to your shore? It helps to start with the basics behind the formation of ocean waves.
A little physics can go a long way on that shortboard.
In this activity, students make bridges using an oil-based modeling clay (plasticene).
The Physics of Skateboarding Tricks
To understand how skaters turn in midair, try this little experiment.
Are you quick enough to hit a 90 mph fastball?
Is it just a glorified plank with roller skate wheels on it? Or is it a highly engineered device through which kids have reclaimed the urban landscape, bringing creativity and style back to the sterile asphalt spaces of sprawl?
anatomy of a skateboard, skateboard tricks, types of skateboarding, physics glossary.
Your CRT screen may appear to wiggle when you give it the raspberry, but the only thing wiggling is you.
Learn to throw a curveball, a slider, or even a screwball by throwing a Styrofoam ball.
Why is baseball so popular in Japan?
Examine the tools of the baseball trade: bats, balls, and gloves.
Send your favorite baseball player on a journey through time.
In the 1870s, an American woman could not vote. She could not own property in her own name after marriage. But she could play ball. . .
When you pick up a baseball, it immediately suggests its purpose: to be thrown fast and with considerable accuracy.
How can something as light as air slow down a hit?
Baseball pushes the limits of human biology.
What can you build with 50 straws and 50 pins?
Learn about the inner workings of a cell through this interactive exhibit.
Find out how proteins make muscles work in this original Exploratorium poster, illustrated by David Goodsell.
Meet David Goodsell, a molecular biologist and artist who finds beauty in the molecules of cells.
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