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Make and play with things that spin!
Make a thaumatrope, a Victorian-era toy that spins two pictures into a single image with the help of persistence of vision and string.
Make a zoetropic pinwheel that, with the aid of a mirror, creates a distinct animation when spun.
Pull the string toward you to make the disk whirl around. How fast can you make it go?
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.