For Immediate Release:
August 01, 2013
Jenny Slafkosky (415) 528-4367
Reduce, Reuse, and Experience a Trashformation at Exploratorium Market Days
Series of free, open-air, mini-festivals at Pier 15 continues August 17, 2013
Consider the creative potential of trash and find inspiration with a cadre of incredible gadgets, sculptures and inventions that reduce, reuse and upcycle at Exploratorium Market Days: Trashformation. It’s a firsthand look at the innovative ways engineers, artists and creative thinkers in the Bay Area are re-using materials and creating new technologies to build a more sustainable future.
Get energized by the Power Pallet, a carbon negative power generation system from Berkeley’s All Power Labs, which was originally designed as an art project for Burning Man 2007. Now, nearly 500 Power Pallets are being used across the globe, including by rural power projects in Haiti and by the U.S. Department of Defense. Experience an otherworldly visit from the Y.E.S. (Youth Educational Spacecraft) Project, a mobile spaceship classroom made with repurposed objects built by kids from the Tenderloin and Hunters Point Boys and Girls Clubs. The classroom supports classes in robotics, solar energy, environmentalism, space travel, astronomy, and more. Then, try your own hand at crocheting a rug from rags with artist Ramekon O’Arwisters, and make puppets and toy tops from objects others might throw away.
Just a short walk from the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, Exploratorium Market Days is a juicy new series of free Exploratorium programs for all ages on San Francisco’s Embarcadero. Scientists, artists, and educators join together to present an abundant bazaar of delicious new ideas and activities for all ages in the Exploratorium’s public plaza at Pier 15 on the third Saturday of each month through October, 2013. From startling encounters with cutting-edge technology to sensory explorations of spices and herbs, Exploratorium Market Days is a free, fun way to explore the bounty of technology, creativity and innovation that the Bay Area has to offer. In September, Market Days: Savor Faire will feature colorful and piquant investigations into salt, herbs and spices. Upcoming programs to be announced.
Exploratorium Market Days is on the third Saturday of each month from July-October 2013, starting on July 20, 2013. Events are from 11:00am-3:00pm in the free public plaza in front of Pier 15. Admission to the museum is $25 for adults, with lower rates for SF Bay Area residents, youth, seniors, students, teachers and the disabled. Advance tickets are available online at www.exploratorium.edu/visit/tickets.
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