Do you know the science behind America’s national pastime? Why is a ball stitched, what’s inside, and how does its makeup affect the physics of throwing the ball? How does a pitcher throw a curveball or a knuckleball, and how can a ball be either “dead” or “juiced”? Then delve into the bat: why Major League Baseball only use wooden bats and bans aluminum bats and how bat materials shape the game. And don’t forget to budget time for batting practice!
That's the Way the Ball Bounces With Ken Finn
7:30 p.m. | Bechtel Gallery 3, Wattis Webcast Studio
Baseballs aren’t bouncy...are they? How about this: you can think of what happens to a hit baseball as one verrrry long bounce the ball deforms for an instant, then springs back to its original shape on the way out to the field. Join Exploratorium Educator Ken Finn to explore the physics of a hit ball using a slow-motion stand-in and take an actual baseball apart to see what makes those home runs possible.
The Sweet Spot of the Baseball Bat With Jill Evans
8:30 p.m. | Bechtel Gallery 3, Wattis Webcast Studio
You hear a crack...the ball soars...and the crowd goes wild! But without a bat and a whole lot of physics, each pitch is nothing but a missed opportunity. Investigate the science of batting with physicist Jill Evans and learn about the sweet spot, controversies over corking, and the debate between aluminum vs. wooden bats.
Science of Baseball 6:00-10:00 p.m. | Gallery 2
Go back in Internet time and take a crack the science of America’s classic game check out our temporary Science of Baseball online exhibit, brought to the museum floor. If you’ve ever wondered why a curveball curves or what, exactly, the stitches on a baseball are keeping together, the science of baseball just might be your game.
Batting Cage 6:30-9:30 p.m. | Gallery 5
Keep your eye on the ball and swing for the fences-will you knock it out of the park? Or strike out looking? Step into the batting cage and find out.
Goofy Goggles With the Explainers
6:30-9:30 p.m. | Roaming
See the world around you with new eyes-but can you trust what they’re telling you? Watch our Explainers play a quick game of catch adapted to altered sight.
San Francisco Giants v. San Diego Padres 6:45-9:30 p.m. | Seaglass Restaurant
Catch the Giants-Padres game taking place just down the road, but leave your winter layers at home-with a big screen and inspired ballpark-style food and drink, you can consider Seaglass Restaurant your own, somewhat remote, luxury box.
Self, Made Activities With Explorables 7:00-10:00 p.m. | Programming Space, Osher Gallery 1
Our summer exhibition, Self, Made, is all about identity and living in the world-and it’s on its way out. Take this opportunity to explore the exhibition, and amp the experience up with these thought-provoking activities.
Curveball Demonstrator With Explorables
Gallery 2 | 7:00-10:00 p.m.
Ever wonder how baseball pitchers and soccer players make balls curve in flight to make that perfect curveball or flawless corner shot? Throw ‘em a curve and demonstrate the Magnus effect, the force exerted on a spinning sphere as it moves through air or another fluid by launching cups with rubber bands. No athletic skills required!
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Cost:17.95 advance, 19.95 door, AD members free
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