Explorables: Handmade Science

Whirligigs, Light Boxes, and Anamorphic Mirrors

Saturday, December 20, 2014 • 11 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

Exploratorium Pier 15, Phyllis C. Wattis Webcast Studio

Included with museum admission.

All Ages

Join Explorables for three classic activities.

Whirligigs are a cross between spinning maple seeds and modern propellers. How far can your whirligig fly?

Light Boxes
The wondrous cousin of the kaleidoscope, the Light Box uses curved mirrors to create patterns of lights and colors from the environment for the maker's enjoyment. See how this toy changes your perspective on the world around you.

Anamorphic Mirrors
These cylindrical mirrors present a distorted, compressed image of things in front of them. A to-scale image will appear squished and a elongated image will appear “normal.” See how the size of the mirror and distance of the object effect the distortion.

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.