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Iron Science Teacher at the Exploratorium and Live Webcast - June and July 2011

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May 02, 2011

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Iron Science Teacher at the Exploratorium and Live Webcast - June and July 2011

Iron Science Teacher at the Exploratorium
Saturday, June 25 and
Fridays, July 1 (12 pm)
July 8, 2011 (3 pm)
Live Webcast: http://www.exploratorium.edu/iron_science

Cheer on the competitors at the Exploratorium’s Iron Science Teacher, the popular, zany cook-off, where teachers compete before a live 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. Come in person on Friday, July 1 at 12 pm and July 8 at 3 pm, or tune into the webcast at http://www.exploratorium.edu/iron_science

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.

The Iron Science Teacher competition, a concept originated by the Exploratorium, is one of the programs of the Exploratorium’s Teacher Institute. At the Teacher 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.

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$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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