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After Nearly 2 Decades Kinetic Sculptor Will Close SF Mission Studio

Growing up next to an amusement park may have inspired Carl Pisaturo’s life-long fascination with light and motion – but the Mission District is where the “lumino-kinetic” sculptor found an affordable space to transform scientific concepts into art.   After seeing rents triple and arts organizations drop one by one in a gentrifying- Boston in the 80s, Pisaturo said he...

Mission Science Workshop Gala at City Hall Tonight

For its 25th birthday, the Mission Science Workshop will party at City Hall – and attending alongside science workshop alums, teachers and supporters will be Gracie, a giant grey whale skeleton recovered from Pescadero. What’s more, the city has declared October 27 “Mission Science Workshop Day” in honor of the workshop’s contribution to the community. The gala, which takes place in the...

Science Workshop Celebrates 25 Years in the Mission

For the past 25 years, Mission resident Dan Sudran and his small team of instructors at the Mission Science Workshop have provided underserved students with a safe space outside of the classroom to tinker, explore, and wonder about nature, technology, and science. On Thursday, the workshop celebrated its quarter century anniversary by opening the doors to its auto shop-turned-science-lab to...

The Robots of Carl Pisaturo

A magic place hides behind a fence on 23rd and Florida streets. Inside, two robots, Slave Zero and Slave One move their articulated arms and an orbit machine creates mesmerizing circles of colored light. It’s the workspace and gallery of Carl Pisaturo, who has been creating luminokinetic sculptures since 1997. Pisaturo, who studied biology, taught himself how to design and...

Little Scientists: The Growth of Mission Science Workshop

Mission resident Dan Sudran never thought that a science workshop he started in his garage would become a full-time job. In 1991, Sudran set up instruments, rocks, fossils and animal bones in his garage. Neighborhood children were intrigued, and Sudran started teaching them about science. With the help of San Francisco City College and Mission High School, as well as...

VIDEO: Jellyfish and the Secret of Immortality

If the name Turritopsis nutricula doesn’t roll off your tongue, try remembering “immortal jellyfish,” the nickname of this species of long-lived critters that are migrating from the sea to the science lab. Originally the immortal jellyfish were native to the Caribbean, but now they’re popping up in oceans around the world — because, researchers suggest, of their extended life period...