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Education Fact Sheet

For Immediate Release:
August 27, 2008

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Education Fact Sheet

Educational Programs reach 450,000 educators annually:

  • 2,500+ teachers and education reform leaders from 161 projects in 47 states have received 100+ contact hours of intensive work in sciences and mathematics over the last 10 years. In turn, these leaders reach 150,000 additional teachers annually.

  • 200 museum educators from 150 museums participated in intensive two-week programs in teacher professional development over the last 5 years, in turn reaching 300,000 teachers annually.

  • 90% of beginning science teachers who have graduated from Exploratorium program since 1998 are still teaching science (compared to 50% national attrition rate of new teachers).

75               beginning science teachers participate in special 2-year mentoring program
400             teachers and educators participate in 60+ hours of intensive training on-site
130,000      students and teachers attend field trips
5,000          underserved Bay Area children and families participate in outreach activities
1,000,000   unique visits are made to Exploratorium online teaching resources
6,000          teachers use the Exploratorium's online support network
25,000        copies of Exploratorium-developed publications sold; ~30 titles in print

  • 600 Bay Area administrators rated the Exploratorium as one of two top science teacher resources (Inverness Research Associates).

  • School district reform leaders and professional development leaders showed statistically significant differences in leadership abilities, knowledge of science and inquiry, and effectiveness of professional development designs compared to similar educators in reform projects not associated with the Exploratorium.

  • 85% of our teacher alumni rate their professional development experience at the Exploratorium as their most valuable teaching resource.

(Partial List)

  • The Teacher Institute's discipline-specific teacher induction programs work with novice, middle and high school science teachers to increase effectiveness and raise retention rates.

  • The Institute for Inquiry provides inquiry-based workshops and online resources for a national community of K-5 education reform leaders.

  • The Center for Informal Learning and Schools examines the impact museums and science centers can have on teacher education and school reform. The Center offers professional certificates for museum educators.

  • The Educational Outreach Program partners with more than 30 community organizations to bring free hands-on art and science programs to schools, community centers, children's hospitals, and after-school programs.

  • The Explainer Program hires and trains up to 75 high school students annually. The program combines on-the-job experience and academic instruction to encourage them to explore, teach, and learn.

  • The Field Trip Program provides online resources for teachers, and on-site Explainers to facilitate visits and conduct demonstrations.

  • Learning Tools has over 30 titles in print and annually sells 25,000 copies of Exploratorium-developed publications.

  • Live at the Exploratorium produces 25 educational Webcasts from the museum and locations around the world annually.

  • The Educator Online Network provides access to thousands of images and other educational resources indexed in the Exploratorium Digital Library.

The Exploratorium has worked with over 10,000 educators, directly and in depth.


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.

Pier 15
San Francisco
California 94111
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