Oceanic Scales at the Randall Children’s museum in San Francisco – Summer / Fall / Winter 2017-18

We’re very excited to be installing Oceanic Scales at the Randall Children’s museum in San Francisco this Summer for a 6-month show of the newest evolution of the project in conjunction with the grand re-opening of the museum after an extensive renovation.  This newest variation of the project includes a new set of wall and[…]

Oceanic Scales Lesson Plan #1: The Invisible World of Plankton

This is our first in our new series of lesson plans dedicated to exploring the world of plankton through art and science collaboration.  Students will gain new understanding, appreciation and emotional connections to phytoplankton by making the invisible visible through a series of lessons and interactive puzzle game experiences. DOWNLOAD PRINTABLE LESSON PLAN PDF HERE!

quick update

Just some brief updates- On the code that controls the states: My current idea for smooth transitions between states is to have the colors of the LEDs be controlled by a few variables that can be adjusted slowly from value to value with condition loops that have time delays. This should allow for a smooth(er)[…]

Pendulums, Part II

While the possibility of servo-motors still exists, and has already been demonstrated to work under a fairly simple control scheme, servo-motors are somewhat expensive ($8-10 each) and exhibit a great deal of mechanical noise. An alternative actuator is the solenoid. While solenoids can range in cost, I have already found a source that will sell[…]

Phytoplankton’s key role in the Oceanic Food Chain

A great article on the key role that phytoplankton plays at the bottom of the oceanic food chain: http://discovermagazine.com/2004/aug/plankton-planet#.UWuhTIKTG3x Another great article on the adaptability of phytoplankton: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/03/130308133057.htm A massive archive of phytoplankton videos not to be missed: http://www.planktonchronicles.org/en