Explorables: Handmade Science

Hovercrafts, Chromatography, Paper Rockets, and Tubular Paper Planes

Saturday, February 21, 2015 • 11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

Exploratorium, Pier 15, Central Gallery

Included with museum admission.

All Ages

Build for speed with hovercraft, paper rocket, and paper plane activities, and watch running ink reveal hidden colors.

Make your own mini-hovercraft with a CD and balloon, and watch it sail across the floor on a cushion of air.

Paper Rockets
See how high your rocket can launch with the help of a plastic tube, a water bottle, and an enthusiastic stomp.

Tubular Paper Planes
Shaped like a Pope’s hat, these circular planes are straight shooters. Design your own and see how far it can glide.

For centuries, scientists and engineers have mixed pigments to create the vibrant colors in our built environments. Use paper filters and a cup of water to uncover the pigments in different colored markers.

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.