The Art of Tinkering

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At the Exploratorium we see tinkering as a serious endeavor; at its most basic -- a process that marries play and inquiry. When you're tinkering, you're trying something that you don't quite know how to do -- guided by whim, imagination and curiosity. You're not following step-by-step directions and the outcome isn't predetermined. You're attempting to figure out how things work and continuously iterating. A tinkerer's disposition u2013 essential for innovation and education, develops over time. We'll share stories of Makers who have informed our work over the years and playful ways of combining art, science and technology.


Bringing Home the Grain

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The story of The Mendocino Grain Project and the local, whole grain movement, from the point of view of farmer and baker, with Doug Mosel and Mike ''The Bejkr'' Zakowski. We'll talk about dry-farming old landrace wheats and other grains, stone-milling, and baking with whole grain flour.


The Future is Already Here

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SciFi thriller writer Daniel Suarez (Deamon, Freedom) takes the maker movement to its edges. DIY tech like 3D printing and drones become main characters, and the power of the maker is cast in alternately utopian and dystopian light. Join publisher Tim O'Reilly in probing for Suarez's more recent insights into the near (and present) future.


Whiskeydrome

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The Whiskeydrome is and action packed display of talent and risks on a 1912 boardtrack recreation. Watch as we show you what is possible while riding bicycles at full speed in a circle!




Should Science Be Allowed to be Interesting?

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David Pogue, non-scientist, was plucked out of obscurity to host four NOVA miniseries on PBS. The mission: to illustrate cutting-edge scientific developments as clearly and as entertainingly as possible. Fulfilling this task has involved hang gliding, landing on a nuclear carrier, handling 10-foot sharks underwater, firing an AK-47, slicing a brain in half, and pouring a $12 million gold bar--so far. In this lavishly photographed, highly hilarious talk, Pogue will share the experience of a lifetime--and opine on the state of science, television, and humor in America.n


Not Impossible: Hardware & Hacking for the Sake of Humanity

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Not Impossible's panel, "Technology for the sake of humanity," will feature a discussion of the increasing opportunities for companies and individuals to harness the power of the maker/hacker community to develop solutions to seemingly insurmountable human challenges. Mick Ebeling, CEO and Co-Founder of Not Impossible will kick off the conversation with a presentation on Project Daniel: Using 3D printers to make arms and hands for children of war in Sudan. Project Daniel serves as a true case study for what is possible when you match creative problem solvers and brilliant technical minds with real-world health issues.


Soil is Life. Tillage is Death. The Awesome Future of Agriculture!

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Using a tenth of the water, employing more people per acre at higher wages and year round, building back soil at un-heard of high rates, and revitalizing a healthy ecosystem, Singing Frogs Farm has also increased their productivity to over 10 times the state average for equivalent vegetable farms. Discover the science and relationships behind no-till agriculture, climate change, community resiliency and your personal health!




Compass Green

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Compass Green takes sustainability education to at-risk youth via a 25ft mobile greenhouse. Compass Green will be teaching various aspects of Biointensive Sustainable Mini-farming, for the rural or urban eater.


Wet Block to Finish Product

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This presentation will cover the basics of making beef jerky from prepping the meat, various methods of marination/seasoning, and dehydration. We will talk a little about what Oaktown Jerk has done over the past year, followed by Q&A.


Effective STEM Education: Project Envisioning with Young Makers

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Explore how students become engaged with scientific and engineering practices in the Sanger Community Science Workshop, a free drop-in science workshop offered during out-of-school time. Students become 'Makers' and develop a project vision, and then work to realize that vision using a modified engineering design process. nParticipants will build simple projects from recycled materials while learning how to effectively teach and model science and engineering practices. Examples will be also be modeled and highlighted showing the intersection between making and the Next Generation Science Standards.




danceroom Spectroscopy: Navigating the Nanoworld

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dS is a unique project that's part video game, part art installation, part musical instrument, and part immersive science visualization. It brings together scientists and artists who are motivated by a desire to reveal and interpret our connection to the beautiful and subtle microscopic world. And it gives audience members the opportunity to see their own energy field, and use it to dance, sculpt, and play with a simulation of the otherwise invisible atomic world. It is used in public art galleries, schools, and festivals to make serious science seriously fun!



Healthy Soil, Healthy Plants, Healthy Harvest

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I will be speaking in depth on soil fertility, organic gardening or farming as it relates to soil health and sustainability. How to build fertile soil and what are the important factors that need to be considered in order to achieve success in the garden and have a healthy harvest. nSpeaking about how microbial elements in the soil help break down the nutrients the plants need to thrive and what those elements are. Focusing on following the path nature established and mimicking those elements in your garden or farm to achieve the best possible conditions for your plants to thrive and be healthy to help resist disease and pests. n