Explorables: Handmade Science

Saturday, October 21, 2017 • 1:00–4:00 p.m.

Phyllis C. Wattis Webcast Studio

Included with museum admission.

All Ages

Make and play with things that spin!

Thaumatropes
Make a thaumatrope, a Victorian-era toy that spins two pictures into a single image with the help of persistence of vision and string.

Phenakistoscopes
Make a zoetropic pinwheel that, with the aid of a mirror, creates a distinct animation when spun.

Spinning Disks
Pull the string toward you to make the disk whirl around. How fast can you make it go?

Benham’s Disks
Rotate a black-and-white disk at the right speed and the pattern appears to contain colored bands. Try spinning the disk more slowly or in the other direction. What do you see?


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.