February 25, 2008

Chain Reaction machines

Filed under: explainers, P.I.E., workshop — learningstudio @ 11:02 pm

Pie and Anne
Last week we hosted a small workshop with the Field Trip Explainers, as part of their daily training. Half of the explainers participated one day, and the other half the next: someone has to help those poor kids out on the floor to explore!

An extra motivation for the workshop was preparing for the upcoming Pi Day at the Exploratorium, when we will try to replicate a version of this activity of the floor, for the general public (Yikes!). So we provided each time with a Pi(e)-themed object to somehow incorporate in the contraption. See if you can spot them…

Pizza box

Oh, coincidentally March 14 (3-14, get it? Pi? Nevermind…) is also Einstein’s birthday, so there were a few Einstein-themed knickknacks too.

Einstein block

The workshop was great, and the range of solutions these guys came up with in a scant one and a half hours was astounding. For a more complete set of pictures, click here.

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