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.
When the producers of this bacon and craft brew festival were looking to amplify their brand through social media, they turned to JMP for an oversized version of their logo that they could take on the road and set up quickly at their events around the country. Guests can't help but take a selfie in front of the giant Bacon and Beer logo. I mean come on, who doesn't like bacon & beer?
Our scenic shop fabricated these letters using a CNC foam cutter. We then glued them together in groups of letters that could be handled by two crew, making the display manageable to install and transport. The letters were then coated with a durable waterproof coating and painted to the clients specifications. The whole package was loaded into two custom crates and shipped off to Levi's Stadium for the inaugural festival.
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.
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 partnered with the USGA at the 2013 U.S. Open held at the iconic Merion Golf course in Pennsylvania, and John Murray Productions, Inc. played a roll by fabricating and installing the Chevron STEM Zone in one of the tents available for tournament guests to visit. The U.S. Open is just one of the stops for the traveling STEM zone, a hands on learning experience designed to excite visitors about the science of golf, which makes it way to Atlanta for the Tour Championship before returning to California for the Nature Valley Open this fall.
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.