Explorables: Handmade Science

Saturday, December 16, 2017 • 1:00–4:00 p.m.
Phyllis C. Wattis Webcast Studio and Tinkering Studio

Included with museum admission.

Note: Ages 8+. Capacity is very limited; seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.


Food Automata
Tinkering Studio

Play with your food to explore simple mechanisms and build a moving sculpture from scratch. Use cookie cams, breadstick axles, candy, crackers, and other snacks to create a unique kinetic treat with the help of Explorables volunteers.

This activity is inspired by Cabaret Mechanical Theatre, a collection of humorous contemporary automata, founded in 1982.

And play with movement and motion in the Phyllis C. Wattis Webcast Studio with these fun activities.

Cuppets
Made from cups and other found materials, cuppets are stick puppets that prompt the maker to explore the fundamental differences between animals. Have you ever wondered what makes a house cat different from a tiger?

Marionettes
Use everyday materials to make a dancing puppet and then let it make some moves.

Climbing Bears
This classic toy never gets old. Use friction to make your bear climb up a string.

Jitter Critters
Make a classic oscillating woodpecker toy with just a dowel and wire and watch your critter descend down a pole! Explore the physics of friction, impact, and dynamics in this fun activity.


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.