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Outdoor Interactive Science Displays
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We are looking for permanent or seasonal permanent locations where apparatus exists for the public to learn credible scientific principles. The visitor must be able to interact with the apparatus to explore the scientific principle(s)[more than just reading the plaque]. Please click on "show additional information" below to see requirements for posting in this category.
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From the moment we awake, science affects and influences our lives. Often, we forget or do not know the scientific principles that make our lives safe, fruitful and enjoyable. We are looking for simple to complex apparatus/experiments that allows the visitor to have the ‘pleasure of finding things out.’ The physical interaction does not have to be complex, just effective. If the apparatus makes you mentally say, “Huh!”, then that what we are looking for. ‘Outdoor Interactive Science Displays’ Waymarks are meant to tickle our curiosity and bring out the natural scientist in everyone.

The word science comes from the Latin word meaning ‘knowledge.’ The three main areas of scientific study are Earth, Physical and Life. A Waymark in this category must have been constructed with the intention of allowing the visitor to have an interactive experience that demonstrates credible scientific principle(s); a learning experience. The location should follow the scientific tradition of a question to be answered, a guess as to the outcome and then the actual exploration that verifies or changes what the visitor guessed the outcome would be. Thus, throwing a ball up in the air and watching it come down does demonstrate gravity, but is not really structured as a learning moment. Taking two balls of different sizes up a tower and dropping them to discover if they hit the ground at different times or the same time would be a deliberately structured scientific exploration. Signs will usually be available to explain the scientific experiment and the principle(s) being explored. “Science is patience; it teaches the value of rational thought.” – Richard P. Feynman, 1966.

Outdoor Interactive Science Displays Waymarks are often found along shopping malls, playgrounds, near community centers, parks and open space, around museums and on the campuses of educational centers. Examples include:


[Above] This location provides a scale model of our immediate Solar System. The scale is 1 to 1 billion miles. The visitor is to walk the distance from the sun to Pluto. I was surprised the distance between Mars and Jupiter - my 'Huh' moment




[Above] This experiment asks the visitor to explore the question 'Why square holes make round circles of light?' The visitor must closely observe light going through the square holes then move to observe the result. A nearby kiosk provides the explanation and more information for the visitor.

Note: While the Outdoor Interactive Science Displays category intends to be inclusive as opposed to exclusive, the decision of the Leader/Officers will be final.

Instructions for Posting a Outdoor Interactive Science Displays Waymark:
1. The waymark must have been constructed with the intention of allowing the visitor to have an interactive experience that demonstrates credible scientific principle(s). If the location does not have an obvious name from the signs, try to use a name that would help others understand what the location is teaching. Signage, video or something similar must be available to ensure the visitor may learn about the scientific principle(s). The naming requirement is: name of the experiment (without quotes) - city, state/province.

2. The apparatus should be of a permanent nature; it may be seasonal if the apparatus needs to be stored because it is too delicate for inclement weather. However, the apparatus does need to be available to the public for a period of time that would allow for a visit; months instead of days when it is available. Availability will need to be noted in the variables. We will not accept a temporary exhibit that ends at a set time.

3. Must provide accurate coordinates using Waymarkings’ default of lat/long in decimal minute per the WGS84 datum (most GPSr's default datum).

4. Minimum of two photos that you have personally taken that show the apparatus/experiment as best as one can. Additional photos including close-ups are always appreciated and can really make your Waymark exceptional. In addition, photograph the sign(s) as best you can so we can read them to understand the experiment and principle(s) being explored. [Note: the overall text of the sign may be too small to photograph, but do try to get the title.] Please do not include yourself in this default image of the Waymark unless it is critical to explain the apparatus/experiment.

5. The long description needs to include a brief description of how the visitor is able to interact to have a learning moment and the area where the experiment is located. The bulk of the text in the long description must be left black.
Instructions for Visiting a Waymark in this Category:
To help give a different perspective and to improve the Waymark for future visitors please tell us about your visit and upload a favorite photograph(s) you took of the Waymark. What was your “Wow” moment?
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  • Scientific Principle(s) being demonstrated
  • Briefly explain if the experiment was effective for you. Could it have been better?
  • When is the apparatus/experiment available to the public
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Outdoor Interactive Science DisplaysForces That Shaped The Bay - Berkeley, CA

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This outdoor science park at the Lawrence Hall of Science shows how earthquakes and erosion have shaped the San Francisco Bay area,

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member DougK

location: California

date approved: 8/25/2012

last visited: never

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WW17.5 km

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Outdoor Interactive Science DisplaysExploratorium Sundial - San Francisco, CA

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A sundial in front of the Exploratorium in San Francisco.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1

location: California

date approved: 6/27/2013

last visited: 9/18/2014

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WW24.3 km

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Outdoor Interactive Science DisplaysSuspension Cable Tension vs. Tower Height - San Francisco, CA

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An interactive display that teaches visitors about the relationship between cable tension and tower hight.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote

location: California

date approved: 7/10/2017

last visited: 7/10/2017

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WW24.3 km

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Outdoor Interactive Science DisplaysWhen It's Foggy - San Francisco, CA

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An interactive sign where you get to use your cell phone and learn about air densities in the Golden Gate.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote

location: California

date approved: 6/11/2016

last visited: 6/11/2016

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WW24.3 km

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Outdoor Interactive Science DisplaysHow the Bridge Vibrates - San Francisco, CA

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An interactive model where you can move the Golden Gate Bridge in different scenarios from earthquakes to wind.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote

location: California

date approved: 6/11/2016

last visited: 6/11/2016

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EE31.7 km

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Outdoor Interactive Science DisplaysOutdoor Human Sundial - Dublin, CA

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The Outdoor Human Sundial in Passatempo Park in Dublin, CA.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1

location: California

date approved: 2/17/2018

last visited: never

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SS41.4 km

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Outdoor Interactive Science DisplaysOutdoor Human Sundial - Palo Alto, CA

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An outdoor sundial in Palo Alto.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1

location: California

date approved: 8/31/2012

last visited: 10/2/2013

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SS95.9 km

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Outdoor Interactive Science DisplaysThe Color of the Water - Santa Cruz, CA

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What's the color of Monterey bay today? Well, whatever you observe, here's a scientific explanation.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote

location: California

date approved: 3/13/2016

last visited: 3/13/2016

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