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Explorables - December 2011

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November 02, 2011

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Explorables - December 2011

Explorables: Science You Can Play With
Saturday - December 17, 2011

11 am – 2 pm
Exploratorium Skylight Area

It’s child’s play at the Exploratorium’s new Explorables station, where activities focus on experimenting with everyday materials, discovery and toy-making – in other words, playing with science!   Explorables is a new take on the popular, 20-year old Physics of Toys program.

Beginning December 17, 2011 - and continuing every other month - our new Explorables program brings an amazing mix of volunteer scientists (neuroscientists, engineers, physicists, biotechnologists, geologists), teachers (retired and current), students and curious adults back to the museum with fresh ideas and new activities.   With a focus on visitors from all walks of life, the signage for Explorables will be offered in English, Spanish, and Chinese. And that reflects just a slice of the diversity of our volunteer group, who bring Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Punjabi, Hindi, French, Italian, Greek, German and even a little Thai and Yiddish to the table. In addition to bi-monthly offerings on the floor, Explorable volunteers will be busy behind the scenes as well. They will be inventing and improving activities, trying out new ideas and participating in professional-development workshops led by staff artists, scientists and educators.

Taking place every other month, this program of hands-on activities is included in the cost of admission. All materials are provided, and kids get to take home what they make. No pre-registration required.

Starting in 2013, on the third Saturday of the month, Explorables will cycle through a potpourri of materials and multiple activities suitable for a range of younger ages. In investigating color chromatography with a black marker, paper towel and a cup of water - for example - visitors can discover the secret colors hidden in black ink. On the way, they’ll learn something about capillary action too.  Or, they may explore the science of sound after creating a membrane-o-phone in just minutes.  On another day, they may create spectroscopes and compare the colorful spectra of various light sources,  and even notice the spacing between colored lines.  What’s it all mean?  Experiment and observe at Explorables – a new take on the popular, 20-year old Physics of Toys program

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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San Francisco
California 94111
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