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Y.E.S. (Youth Educational Spacecraft) at Market Days at the ExplOratorium
August 17 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm| Free
The Youth Educational Spacecraft (Y.E.S.) will blast off and make a special landing at Market Days – Trashformation at the Exploratorium on Saturday, August 17. As part of the event, the Spacecraft will be displayed on the Embarcadero Plaza from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.
The YES Spacecraft is a collaboration between Black Rock Arts Foundation, Black Rock City, LLC, The Crucible, Maker Faire and Exploratorium, and was conceived and created by local artist Dana Albany. Measuring 12’ in diameter and 8’ high, the Spacecraft began as a metal frame, with children from the Tenderloin and Hunters Point Boys and Girls Club, along with others, creating mosaics out of scrap material to decorate the exterior, as well as developing special video and audio for the inside.
“It has been so fulfilling to see this vision come to life and especially gratifying to see the way kids respond to it,” Albany said. “I’m excited to have it be part of Market Days at Exploratorium so even more children can be inspired and learn from it.”
As part of the process, participants learned about robotics, solar technology, environmentalism, education on ancient civilizations as well as outer space, space travel and astronomy. As children explore the exterior and interior of the Spacecraft at Market Days, they will participate in programming with some of these same themes. From August 12 to August 16 the spaceship will be on display outside of the entryway to the Exploratorium. At night, it will be illuminated by Alec Bennet, Sam Frangiamore and Michael Donnelly with revolving LED light sequences.
On August 17, along with crafting from recycled materials, mosaic making workshops will be held between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Kal Spellitich will also have a series of interactive robotics on display that relate to the spacecraft and tours inside will be given.
Market Days is a series of free programs on the Exploratorium’s public plaza at Pier 15 on the third Saturday of each month from July 20 – October, 2013, each with different themes. Trashformation will be a firsthand look at the innovative ways engineers, artists and creative thinkers in the Bay Area are re-using materials and creating new technologies to build a more sustainable future.
To learn more about the YES Spacecraft, visit YouthEducationalSpacecraftProj