The Chevron STEM Zone made their sixth appearance at the Bay Area Science Festival Discovery Day held at AT&T Park, and this year’s tent featured more exhibits than ever! This annual event offers hands-on experiments in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math like augmented reality stations, and wind energy engineering. Over 30,000 visitors were in attendance at this fabulous event, and JMP is proud to be a part of this educational community event.
For this year's Chevron STEM Zone appearance at the Bay Area Science Festival we wanted to create a new exhibit that would wow the crowd and get visitors excited about science, technology, engineering and math. The solution? Our giant harmonic pendulum, which visually displayed all 4 concepts simultaneously. The design features a 28' x 11' truss arch with precisely placed bowling balls hung on aircraft cable. We accurately mounted several of our kabuki systems on curved pipe to create the release mechanism that puts the pendulum in action. The resulting display shows a harmony between 18 balls with different frequencies whose interactions change through the course of the system period. Scroll down to see a video of the pendulum in action. Other highlights of the 50' x 100' STEM Zone tent included a linker log display created on our CNC machine, our thermal imaging station, as well as several stations hosted by collaborators including Lawrence Hall of Science and The Chabot Space and Science Center. Click here to learn more about this fantastic event.
The 2014 U.S. Open for golf took place at the famous Pinehurst Resort and Country Club in North Carolina, where the traveling STEM ZONE made it's appearance for the 3rd year in a row. This year's exhibit was held in a 60' x 60' sponsorship tent placed near the Putterboy Plaza, and featured all of the STEM ZONE exhibits, including a few new ones like the USGA Handicap System, the GPS Tracking exhibit and the Thermal Imaging station. For the Chevron sponsored hospitality area, we outfitted the pro shop at the main clubhouse with mini-exhibits, including our automated golf ball cutter, and Name the Scientist exhibit. By creatively reusing the existing built-in merchandise displays, the retail space was transformed using colorful graphics, vintage golf spectator gear and 8' tall plexiglass towers filled with signed golf balls from STEM ZONES past. And thanks to the Women's U.S. Open being held at the same country club shortly thereafter, the STEM ZONE stayed up for another week, welcoming a whole new set of golf fans to learn about the science behind the sport.
The Chevron STEM Zone made a stop in Washington D.C. for the 2014 USA Science and Engineering Festival, and paired with Techbridge to provide several interactive stations that promoted science, technology, engineering and math principles. The exhibits included a 3D printer, a hydrogen car racetrack, Studio C television broadcasting station and many more. JMP was very excited to be a part of this fantastic national event.
Chevron continued their efforts to promote the science of sports by bringing the latest incarnation of the STEM Zone to this year's NBA Jam Session in New Orleans, and JMP worked with the Chevron Gulf of Mexico branch to bring the science of basketball to life. The 30' x 30' booth was built with truss arches with large format graphics acting as walls for the space. A thermal camera station, the latest addition to the STEM Zone collection of exhibits, allowed visitors to snap and print a selfie with a thermal imaging camera, and hoopsters got a lesson in perceptual feedback at the pop-a-shot station, where they practiced shooting the ball while wearing prism glasses that distort their field of vision. The exhibit was unlike any other found at the Jam Session, providing Chevron with a fantastic sponsor activation opportunity.
Chevron's traveling STEM zone made another stop in New Orleans, this time highlighting the science of football in honor of Super Bowl XLVII, and John Murray Productions, Inc. was once again on hand to design, build and install the latest incarnation of this educational experience. As part of Super Bowl Boulevard, a four day football celebration with music, food and sports held in Woldenburg Riverfront Park, Chevron's 40' x 60' tent welcomed visitors of all ages to learn about and experience the science, technology, engineering and math of football through a variety of hands-on learning stations. The latest STEM zone featured several new exhibits, including a giant Newton's cradle, a biofeedback exhibit, a field goal simulator and a history of helmets exhibit. These were in addition to our existing stations, like Studio C where visitors can learn the ins and outs of sports broadcasting and production. Volunteers were enlisted to man the stations, educating visitors on the various principles featured at each station. The challenge came in designing & fabricating the entire zone in our shop in Oakland, then shipping it across the country for the install while simultaneously installing another STEM zone in Pebble Beach for the AT&T Pro-am. The football energized crowd was certainly a change of pace from who we normally find at golf events, adding to the fun and excitement of New Orleans during Super Bowl week.