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.
John Murray Productions, Inc. has paired up once again with the creatives at Chevron to design and fabricate the latest installation at the Pelican's Smoothie King Center in New Orleans. The interactive STEAM Zone highlights the science, technology, engineering, art and math of basketball with a series of hands-on exhibits. The vertical leap exhibit explains the bio-mechanics of the jump while allowing visitors to measure their vertical leap, and the ball stacking exhibit visually communicates the Keppler's Conjecture. The anatomy of a basketball shoe exhibit uniquely highlights the engineering behind the basketball shoe, and the parabola display educates guests on the physics of the shot. The challenge came in designing and fabricating museum quality exhibits in our Oakland shop, for installation in the New Orleans stadium.
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.