Field Trip Explainers

Reflections on life at Exploratorium

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by vabrenica

The new Explainer year has come upon us! I’m really excited to get to know the brand new Explainers and have them get to know my fellow senior Explainers, Marie and Karen.

Marie working on some eyes for a training.

Karen attempting to resuscitate this plant in the SE office. #miracleworker

Finding Balance

by rob moss wilson

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First I support the weight of this knobby stick with two fingers on either side. Then, slowly, I exert equal force to make my two fingers touch. First one finger carries the entire weight of the stick, but friction increases and that finger will soon get stuck. Immediately the other finger begins to carry the load. This happens back and forth a few times until both fingers touch and voila the stick is balanced. So remember, when confronted with an obstacle there is another side of yourself that is already carrying the load. With the right intention balance is inevitable, so just be patient.

Hyperbolic Slot

by rob moss wilson

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Things in motion often defy our static, two dimensional expectations and ‘objective’ assessments often preclude our ability to adapt and transform in response to a given situation. A straight and rigid stick, when held at an angle and pushed around a circular axis, glides effortlessly through a curved slot.

Square Wheel

by rob moss wilson

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Everyone tries to ensure the ground they walk on is smooth and flat. Such efforts are futile and idealistic. Try this: change your shape to accommodate the irregular surface. As long as your center of gravity remain level, movement will be frictionless and graceful.


Bird in a Cage

by Julie C.

A few weeks ago, we drew our own versions of the Bird in a Cage illusion. The trick to seeing the illusion is to stare at the dot in the middle of the image…keep staring…until the image disappears…or does it?

Try these three examples:


The afterimage of these drawings should appear when the drawings disappear. You can draw your own version, too.

Kittens visit the Exploratorium!

by lapinehorizon

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Clouds from the Observatory Deck

by lapinehorizon

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Slow Exposure Camera Exhibit

by lapinehorizon

These chilling photos were taken with one of the exhibits in the corridor near the central gallery. I forget its real name, but it lets you take a photo of yourself over a full second, letting you make unearthly illusions out of your blurred results.

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Explo Photos

by lapinehorizon

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Animation Station

by lapinehorizon

A cute little animation we did a few months ago.