Explorables: Handmade Science

Saturday, December 21, 2013 • 11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

Exploratorium, Pier 15, Phyllis C. Wattis Webcast Studio

Included with museum admission.

All Ages

Use everyday materials to create models and other tools for exploring the world around us. Run by a dedicated team of volunteers, these drop-in workshops mix classic activities with open-ended investigations, encouraging participants to follow their hunches to aha! moments of scientific insight.

This month’s activities:

Glove-A-Phones are musical instruments you create with gloves, tubes, and straws. Some say they sound like saxophones; others think they sound more like bagpipes. What’s indisputable is that playing your glove-a-phone is a unique and wonderful experience.

Spectroscopes: Not all lights are the same, but all are equally fascinating. Spectroscopes allow the curious observer to examine the colors present in a light source. Is there a difference between the sun and lights in your home?

Rotocopters are a cross between spinning maple seeds and modern propellers. How far can your rotocopter fly?

Paper planes come in all shapes and sizes and range from simple to complex designs. Experiment to find which designs fly the furthest or perform the best tricks.

All materials provided; take what you make. For ages 3 and up.