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.
National Golf Day, an annual event designed to celebrate the economic, social, and charitable impact of the game of golf in the United States, was one of the stops on the Chevron STEM Zone tour. The event took place in Washington D.C. and part of the JMP STEM zone crew flew out to install a few of the STEM Zone exhibits, designed to highlight the science of golf. To learn more about the event click here.
Chevron's traveling STEM zone made a stop at the Oakland A's stadium this fall for a co-sponsored event with the Exploratorium and the Oakland Athletics. John Murray Productions, Inc. worked with Corporate Media Events and Chevron to, once again, bring the hands on exhibits to life but this time with a baseball twist. The STEM zone, designed to excite young A's fans about the science of baseball, emphasized the science, technology, engineering and math of the game with exhibits such as Studio C where visitors learn the fundamentals of sports broadcast technology, and the baseball dissection zone where visitors could see how the physical components of the ball make it behave. The STEM zone was installed in the East side club and the accompanying terrace, where a miniature turf baseball field was laid out. Fans at the game were invited to visit the stations placed on all four bases which highlighted concepts such as gravity, energy transference, fluid dynamics and reaction time. Large format graphics were used throughout the club to brand the space, as well as hand illustrated chalkboards and signage to complete the urban classroom feel consistent with the STEM zone look. The event was a hit with over 2,000 visitors, and we were glad to work with the Exploratorium and be a part of our impressive home team's sponsored event.
As part of a continually traveling sponsorship opportunity, Chevron is partnering with the USGA at the 2012 U.S. Open, and we helped them get there by building the scenic environments for their STEM Zone, Hospitality Tent, and Pro Shop. With this being our 6th installation of the STEM zone, they sure are keeping us busy! The STEM zone has reached over 1,500 children by use of interactive educational stations that highlight how the principles of science, technology, engineering and math shape the game of golf. While the locations have varied from New Orleans to Pebble Beach, the station designs have essentially stayed the same with slight changes in the floor plan in each new space. Take a look at some of our work featured this monumental golf event.