The 2016 San Francisco Media Party took place at a place called ‘The Exploratorium’, a museum designed to examine art, science, and human perception in fun and interesting ways. There were so many exhibits to check out, but or me, here’s just a few of the fun things I got to see on Tuesday night:
The Makeshift Tornado. You’ve probably seen this one before, but it doesn’t make it any less fun. Even if you disrupt the connection from the bottom of the funnel to the top, it takes no time at all for the smoke to reestablish itself. Nice to see the visual without the destruction that typically comes with it.
The Confused Sea. The video may not do it justice, but what starts as relatively calm sea turns into a churning bowl of choppy waters, all as a result of the wheel spinning and displacing the air above.
A Sip of Conflict. How many people would drink water out of a toilet, even if they knew it was just as clean as the water coming out of the fountain right next to it?
Music in Your Mouth. Even if you pressed your ear against the box to Shan’s right, you still aren’t able to hear the music inside. But when you wrap your mouth around the metal rod (using your own straw, of course), the music can be heard at full volume. Remember the kid’s toothbrush product Tooth Tunes? This exhibit provides the exact same effect.
Gravity Powered Calculator. For the math nerd in me, this was a lot of fun. If you look closely, you can see a small metal ball placed in front of the number ’25’. After it is released, it travels down the ramp and launches towards the box below. The ball winds up landing on whatever the square root of that number is! In this case, the ball actually hits the metal bar dictating the number ‘5’.
The Funky Color Wall. I’m kind of just a sucker for anything with bright, flashy colors. Pretty self-explanatory, the colors follow your movements with that cool ‘trail’ effect. Not gonna blow anyone’s mind, but I dare you to not have fun while doing it, either.
The Wheel on Top of the Wheel. The idea here is to get a wheel spinning on top of the rotating platform. If done correctly, the wheel will continue to spin on top of the platform by itself. Not surprisingly, most media folks struggled to even understand the concept of this exhibit.
Rolling Through the Bay. The most impressive piece of the whole Exploratorium – because it took more than 40 years to complete! Not only did the artist use only toothpicks and Elmer’s glue, but he incorporates tons of local landmarks and culturally significant events into the structure. To top it all off, the structure is designed so that ping pong balls can roll from the top to the bottom, weaving their way through the city along the way. What an incredible piece of architecture!
There was so much more to see, and these were just a small sampling, but needless to say, I had a blast checking out the Exploratorium in San Francisco and would recommend it to anyone looking to have some fun with their family!
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