Take it outside

Patterns in Nature

Monday, October 1st, 2007 | Take it outside | Comments Off

Take it outside! – the theme of the latest Exploratorium teacher workshop (09/29/07). We had an excellent group of teachers and spent 5 hours with the exhibit developers Shawn Lani and Bryan Connell doing new teacher activities outdoors.

Cracks in corn starchcracks in mud
The cornstarch experiment (click on picture for a larger image) is a fascinating way to model cracking patterns in mud or even large rock formations like the “Devils Postpile”. Find out why the cracks always meet at so called “triple junctions” ( pdf file).

Take it outside!

Sunday, March 11th, 2007 | Science Snacks, Take it outside, Workshops for Teachers | Comments Off

Just came home from the “Take it Outside” workshop with Bob Miller, Modesto, and Linda. The weather was perfect! Have a look at the pictures
Oscillations