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Exploratorium Announces Role in Development of Abu Dhabi Science Center

For Immediate Release:
June 12, 2014

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Exploratorium Announces Role in Development of Abu Dhabi Science Center

New science center slated to open in 2016 in Masdar City

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (June 12, 2014) – The Exploratorium is pleased to publicly announce its involvement in the development of the Abu Dhabi Science Center (ADSC), slated to open in 2016 in Masdar City, Abu Dhabi. Formally announced on Monday by Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development, and the Abu Dhabi Technology Development Committee (TDC), ADSC is intended to spark curiosity in science, innovation and technology in children of all ages, with a special focus on 6- to 11-year-olds.

An initiative of the Abu Dhabi government, the ADSC is an investment in informal science education linked to Abu Dhabi’s goal of evolving to a knowledge-based economy and developing its future workforce. The Exploratorium and the Abu Dhabi Technology Development Committee (TDC) have been working on the concept of the center since 2010.

 “The Exploratorium is honored to work with TDC on this project, which is so closely aligned with our own focus on inquiry-based learning,” said Silva Raker, Director of Business Development at the Exploratorium. “Collaborations such as this one further strengthen our collective understanding of how to develop informal learning programs that resonate with people around the world.”

ADSC will feature 7 galleries with content ranging from basic physics phenomenon to health and space science to natural resource exploration. In addition, the space will include a planetarium, a making studio, and classrooms for school and teacher engagement.

“When we first met the TDC team in San Francisco a few years ago, we were impressed by the level of research they had already done on the type of learning space they desired for their community,” said Dr. Dennis Bartels, Exploratorium Executive Director.  “What was truly extraordinary and inspiring for us, however, is their long-term vision for a knowledge-based economy and commitment to grow public engagement with science and technology.”

When it opens in 2016 the new center is expected to draw more than 200,000 visitors a year.

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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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