Explorables: Electricity

Saturday, April 20, 2019 • 1:00–4:00 p.m.

Bechtel Gallery 3

Included with museum admission and free for Daytime Members.

Note: These activities are drop-in on a first-come, first-served basis. Space is limited. Ages 8+.

Create electric circuits in three activities that foster explorations with currents and lights.

Squishy Circuits
If you’ve ever tasted play dough  you know it’s a salty, which makes it a good conductor of electricity. If made with sugar instead of salt, the dough becomes resistive. You can combine the two homemade doughs to build circuits and power electronic sculptures that light up. 

Paper Circuits
Using copper tape and surface-mount LEDs allows you to make fully functional simple or complex electrical circuits on a flat surface, such as a piece of paper. You can make light-up greeting cards, origami animals come to life, or 3-D pop-up paper sculptures with working lights.

Harness the power of a magnetic field to build a tiny, electric motor using a coil of wire, battery, and small magnet.

Use everyday materials to create models and other tools for exploring the world around us. Run by a highly skilled, 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.

All materials provided; take what you make.

Explorables has been offering science to go since 1990.