Explorables: Handmade Science

Tops, Cuppets, and Whirligigs

Saturday, June 20, 2015 • 11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

Exploratorium, Pier 15, Phyllis C. Wattis Webcast Studio

Included with museum admission.

All Ages

Play around with the kinetic possibilities of these inventive activities.

Tops come in all shapes and sizes. Use a variety of building materials to experiment with different spins. Making tops was one of founder Frank Oppenheimer’s favorite activities.

Made from paper cups and other found materials, cuppets are stick puppets that invite us to explore the different ways animals can move. How would you build a bird? Or a caterpillar?

These ancient toys resemble spinning maple seeds and helicopter rotors. How far can your whirligig fly?

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.