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Science of Baseball and Baseball Edition of Iron Science Teacher

For Immediate Release:
July 01, 2007

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Science of Baseball and Baseball Edition of Iron Science Teacher

Exploratorium Website is the Place to Go to Know It All Before the All-Star Game

This season, with the All-Star game at AT&T Park in San Francisco on July 10 and the FanFest July 7-10, everybody is talking baseball. Swing into the Exploratorium's website, the place to go to know it all before the game. The Exploratorium has been called "the best science museum in the world" by Scientific American.


First, slide into the Exploratorium's home page in your own living room and discover the deep background behind the buzz. Ever wonder why curveballs curve? Or what powers an awesome home run swing? Log onto the Exploratorium's award-winning Science of Baseball website at www.exploratorium.edu/baseball and find out. Here's some of what you'll find:
Science of Baseball brings the action of the game into your home with interactive games. Test your reaction time — do you have what it takes to hit a 90 mph fastball? Use the interactive calculator to discover how far a Mark McGwire home run would go under different weather conditions. Hands-on activities using ordinary baseball equipment and some common household items will help you find the sweet spot on your bat or learn to throw amazing curve balls.

How are bats, balls, and gloves made? Take an online video tour of the Louisville Slugger factory. How would famous players have performed back in the Babe Ruth era? The Baseball Time Machine, primed with stats from Total Baseball, the Official Encyclopedia of Major League Baseball, will show you how certain players' stats stack up in different eras. You'll even see what some current players' 1920s-era baseball cards would have looked like.

The site also includes features on women in baseball, the Negro leagues, the Japanese leagues — and much more! It doesn't matter if you strike out or pop up. Log on to the Science of Baseball site this July, for a great time at the digital ballpark.

Also, take in the Baseball Edition of Iron Science Teacher, on Friday, July 6 at noon. Cheer on the competitors in this zany, science cook-off, where teachers compete before a live audience. In a fast-paced atmosphere where showmanship and creativity reign, science teachers are given ten minutes and a secret Baseball ingredient to concoct a science activity that can be used in the classroom. Don't live in San Francisco? Log on to www.exploratorium.edu/iron_science

About the Exploratorium
The Exploratorium in San Francisco was founded in 1969, and has achieved worldwide recognition as the prototype for hands-on science museums around the world. The Exploratorium’s educational approach provides maximum exposure to the phenomena of science amidst the excitement of hundreds of blinking and beckoning exhibits. Known for presenting authentic science experiences — interspersed with art — in an unpretentious manner, it is also at the forefront of teacher education, education reform and the intersection of learning and technology. More than 27 million visit its five-time Webby-award-winning Web site (www.exploratorium.edu). Thousands of teachers participate in a range of Exploratorium professional development and teacher-resource programs each year, including intensive month long summer workshops. The Exploratorium has had a profound impact on the museum field and on the field of informal science education, influencing the creation of more than 60 science centers nationally and internationally. They in turn reach an additional estimated 60 million people per year

Hours of Operation & New Evening Hours
Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm;  every Thursday evening adults only (ages 18 and up) 6pm-10pm.

$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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San Francisco
California 94111
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