Saturday, November 13, 2010

Arvind Gupta's science toys

Chitra arranged a brief visit to Arvind Gupta's lab/workshop on Friday. He designs science toys that can be made by street kids from easily obtainable Indian trash. His site is linked below.
He showed us the balancing nails trick (which they have at Explora in Albuquerque, too).

There was a flexagon with drawings of stages of evolution. In this video (linked from his site, to YouTube) he shows a food chain. Any four-part series could be illustrated on those, he said. (He told us who discovered/created this design first, too, but I don't remember the name, so if anyone does know, please leave a note.

Pictures of the building in which he and his team work, and some of the things we saw:

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