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35th Annual Exploratorium Awards Dinner - May 8, 2012

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March 27, 2012

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35th Annual Exploratorium Awards Dinner - May 8, 2012

35th Annual Exploratorium Awards Dinner: Crucible of Innovation
Celebrates Exploratorium’s Past and Future
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Reception begins at 6:30 p.m.

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On May 8, 2012, at its farewell Awards Dinner at the Palace of Fine Arts — before the 2013 move to the waterfront the Exploratorium will celebrate its history by reuniting the inspiring innovators, communicators, and educators it has honored through the years.  A special evening of reminiscence is the plan for this 35th annual fundraiser. The Exploratorium reflects on its history of innovation and creativity and how inextricably linked it is with Silicon Valley — the embodiment of the evening’s theme, “Crucible of Innovation.”

Since 1977, ninety individuals have been recognized by the Exploratorium for their ingenuity and extraordinary accomplishments. The three award categories are the prestigious Director’s Award, the Public Understanding of Science Award, and the Educator Award.

Former honorees U.S. Venture Partner’s William Bowes, Jr., Intel’s Gordon Moore and Craig Barrett, Google’s Marissa Mayer, writers David Perlman, Timothy Ferris and K.C. Cole, and Biotech leader Bill Rutter, will be among those in attendance to celebrate founder Frank Oppenheimer’s “Exploratorium experiment” — making science visible, touchable, and accessible to people of every age and background — and which has been embraced by hundreds of science centers worldwide.

Sandy Otellini chairs the event.  Honorary committee members include Harvey and Gail Glasser, Diane Wilsey, Arthur Rock and Toni Rembe Rock, and Peter and Lynn Wendell.  The Intel Corporation is the Awards Dinner Presenting Sponsor.

Funds raised through the Awards Dinner allow the Exploratorium to develop and maintain the 1,000 interactive exhibits and artworks that are the heart of the museum’s educational programs, and enables the Exploratorium to make science content easily understandable and freely available to 12 million annual visitors to its Web site.

The reception begins at 6:30 p.m. and dinner begins at 7:15 p.m.  Table sponsorships range from $5,000 to $50,000; individual tickets are $500. More than 500 guests are expected.  For more information, please call (415) 353-0424.

About the Exploratorium’s new home

In the spring of 2013, the Exploratorium moves to Pier 15, in the heart of the revitalized San Francisco waterfront, gateway to the city, a 10-minute walk from the iconic Ferry Building.  The Exploratorium’s new home opens up 330,000 square feet for experiential learning and its behind-the-scenes research and development work for creating innovative ways to teach and learn across the world. The Exploratorium’s reputation for authenticity—nothing rigged or fancy—will continue to hold true in its new home and is reflected in the redesign of the historic pier and its core values of reuse and sustainability.

What the museum calls its Pier 15-17 campus will provide room for the Exploratorium’s significant expansion as it continues to grow into Pier 17 at a future date, bringing new opportunities for research and development in informal learning and science education reform.  From now through early January, 2013, the Exploratorium is open in the Marina district and welcomes the public in as it begins to say goodbye to its beloved original home, the Palace of Fine Arts.

Hours of Operation & New Evening Hours
Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm;  every Thursday evening adults only (ages 18 and up) 6pm-10pm.

$29 for adults, with lower rates for SF Bay Area residents, youth, seniors, students, teachers and the disabled. Tickets available at the door and advance tickets available online at www.exploratorium.edu/visit/tickets.

Getting Here
The Exploratorium is easily accessible by public transit. Convenient parking is available nearby. For more information, visit www.exploratorium.edu/visit/location-directions

About the Exploratorium
The Exploratorium is the global leader in informal learning, igniting curiosity and inspiring creativity in people of all ages. The world-renowned science museum creates original, interactive exhibits, on display at more than 1,000 science centers, museums and public spaces around the world. Dedicated to education reform in and out of the classroom, the Exploratorium is a premier professional development center for educators and a creator of award-winning educational resources. Since 1969, the Exploratorium has influenced generations of entrepreneurs, artists, scientists, teachers, students, children, museum professionals and everyday doers, reaching nearly 180 million people annually from around the globe. On April 17, 2013, the Exploratorium opened at Pier 15 in the heart of San Francisco's Embarcadero, where it will celebrate a new era of experiences that encourage critical thinking and awaken wonder for generations to come. For more information, visit www.exploratorium.edu/visit.

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