Since the early days of the Exploratorium, we’ve reached out to people who are unable to visit the museum—or who want to revisit it—in a variety of ways. Among the many ways we do this is by offering engaging, informative publications. Below are three of our most recent books. Below that, in the tabbed areas, are some of the publications we’ve produced, grouped by audience.
Our Teacher Institute created this unique, hands-on activity book that offers instructions for creating junior versions, or “snacks,” of many of our exhibits. They can be used as classroom demos, labs, science projects, and more, and are easy to build with common materials.
Looking for a way to get middle schoolers interested in math? We created these games, puzzles, and science activities to help kids develop math skills while having fun. And you don’t have to be a math whiz yourself to do it!
Through experiments, observations, and explanations, Exploratopia shows kids, eight and older, how to explore the world around them, ask questions, and experiment to find the answers. This book has more than 400 activities that use simple, readily available materials, making it ideal for families, homeschoolers, and teachers on a budget.
Do you see the faces or the vases? From classic optical illusions to richly illustrated reference charts for teachers, these charts and posters are inexpensive as well as fun.
Exploratorium Magazine, 1977-2003
The Exploratorium published a quarterly magazine (Exploring magazine) from 1997 to 2003. Each issue of the magazine was devoted to a single topic, which was examined from many different points of view. The style is whimsical, the content is solid, and there are lots of illustrations and activities to enjoy. The magazine is intended for nonscientists: the reading level is easy enough for middle school students, but the content is informative enough for any curious adult. Many of these issues are now out of print, but you can find some of them for sale in our store.