Jan Elftmann combines her artist’s eye and scientist’s curiosity to transform everyday objects such as corks in her found-object art.

Write a description of an everyday object from two points of view. First, describe the object in a scientific way—what are the facts about it? Then, describe the object in a poetic way—how does it make you feel?

In the segment, we see Jan teaching at Pandemonium Art Camp at the Science Museum of Minnesota, where she teaches kids to make “jitterbots” using circuits.

Learn about circuits in this hands-on activity making electric play dough.