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The Exploratorium's Book Exploratopia Wins Award

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March 01, 2008

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The Exploratorium's Book Exploratopia Wins Award

2008 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books

The Exploratorium's book Exploratopia has won the 2008 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books, in the Hands-On Science/Activity category, a prize intended to promote science literacy by drawing attention to the importance of good science writing and illustration. Exploratopia (Little Brown), by former Exploratorium staff member and award-winning writer Pat Murphy, is a 373-page children's reference book. It won in one of four categories of science books honored. A compendium of Exploratorium hands-on content and inquiry-based investigation, it serves as science inspiration for young people and their families.

The Exploratorium currently has over 36 titles in print. Other books based on the Exploratorium, such as Explorabook (Klutz Press), have exceeded sales of one million copies.

Exploratopia offers more than 400 kid-friendly experiments, most of which require everyday materials that are easily obtained. Each activity begins with a question, a tidbit of information, or an interesting observation about many real-world experiences of children. The activities are enhanced by detailed drawings, photographs, and cross-sectional diagrams. The book emphasizes science skills, including making comparisons, experimenting to test your ideas, asking questions and explaining what you see. The content of the book is broad-based and contains numerous interdisciplinary applications like music, history, money, and paper.


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