From working with biologist Donald Kennedy (who later became president of Stanford) to develop ten unique neurobiology exhibits in the early 1970s to presenting images of the 1974 Jupiter flyby to the public at the same time they were available to NASA itself, the Exploratorium has partnered with science researchers and organizations since its very beginning.
Collaborating with Science Agencies
The Exploratorium has six main galleries, each focused on a different area of exploration. Common to all are interactive exhibits that reward your attention and give you much to think about. Indulge your curiosity and ask your own questions as you play with the exhibits, and discover new ways to understand how our world works.
The galleries share the floor with our Exhibit Workshop, where our exhibits are researched, developed, and fabricated.
Recognizing the value of making science available to a broad audience—especially to youth and children—in a way that’s accessible and fun, many corporations have collaborated with the Exploratorium to bring our exhibits and philosophy to new audiences. Some noteworthy partnerships are described below.
Partnering with Corporate Leaders
For most students, science is still defined by textbook chapter assignments on Monday and vocabulary quizzes on Friday. Regrettably, only about one out of ten classrooms give students an opportunity to experience science in an interactive way. The Exploratorium is working to change that.
Changing the Way Science Is Taught
At the Exploratorium, we view learning broadly and believe there are different ways of learning and knowing: through direct experience with phenomena, through art, through dialogue, and through tinkering (exploring and testing ideas while building something). We work to change the way the world learns and to promote equal access to these powerful ways of learning about the world.