Explorables: Handmade Science

Saturday, March 18, 2017 • 1:00–4:00 p.m.

Phyllis C. Wattis Webcast Studio

Included with museum admission.

All Ages

Make still and moving images with pinhole viewers, pinhole projecters, and zoetropes.

Pinhole Viewers
Pinhole cameras allow us to take detailed pictures without using a photographic lens. Construct a pinhole viewer to examine the world around you—including the Sun.

Pinhole Projectors
Using a cardboard box, light, and pinhole you can make your own projector to flip images upside down.

Zoetropes
Learn how to make your own zoetrope using a CD and chapstick to replicate Muybridge's stop-motion photography.


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.