For Immediate Release:
April 13, 2011
Jenny Slafkosky (415) 528-4367
Iron Science Teacher: At the Exploratorium and Live Webcast – June 2011
Saturday, June 25, and Friday, July 1 (12 pm)
July 8, 2011 (3 pm)
Come out to the Exploratorium or tune into the Iron Science Teacher webcast on Saturday, June 25 and Fridays, July 1 & 8. Cheer on the competitors in this zany science cook-off, where teachers compete before a live Exploratorium audience for the sought-after "Iron Science Teacher" title. Parodying the cult Japanese TV program, "Iron Chef," this competition showcases science teachers as they devise classroom activities using a particular ingredient—an everyday item such as a plastic bag, milk carton, or nail.
The Iron Science Teacher competition, a concept originated by the Exploratorium, is one of the programs of the Exploratorium's Teacher Institute. At the Institute, visiting middle and high school science teachers from around the San Francisco Bay Area and the nation, learn and share ways of teaching science that use and inspire inquiry. They build their own tabletop versions of Exploratorium exhibits for use in their classrooms and develop other hands-on activities during summer workshops as well as follow-up programs during the school year. There are over 3,000 alumni of the Teacher Institute, funded by the National Science Foundation, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Walter and Elise Haas Fund, Dean Witter Foundation, and The Farese Family Foundation.
According to astrophysicist Dr. Linda Shore, Director of the Exploratorium Teacher Institute and host of the competition, "We try to show we can do science with anything. We show teachers how to use low-tech materials to illustrate classic principles of science and math." As one contestant put it, "This helps teachers teach the $10 million state science standards on a $10 budget."
One recent competition, featuring a soda can as the secret ingredient, yielded a host of ingenious handiwork: A mathematician demonstrated the X, Y, and Z-axes of geometric shapes, a physicist illustrated the Bernoulli Effect (which affects such things as lift on an airplane’s wing), a biologist demonstrated that regular Coke is denser than Diet Coke, and a chemist rigged up alcohol burners.
Hours of Operation & New Evening Hours
Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm; every Thursday evening adults only (ages 18 and up) 6pm-10pm.
$25 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.
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.
Linda Dackman, Public Information Director (415) 528-4363
Leslie Patterson (415) 528-4377
Jenny Slafkosky (415) 528-4367