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Science Education through Media and Communication

For Immediate Release:
August 27, 2008

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Science Education through Media and Communication

The Exploratorium has been at the forefront of developing technology-based education programs that reach remote audiences worldwide and explore the use of new media in public learning environments. Firstly, since 1993, the Exploratorium Website (www.exploratorium.edu) has been one of the most visited science sites on the Web, with a current annual audience of more than 28 million distinct visits. The site has won five Webby Awards for Best Science or Best Education site five times since 1997 and received the 2000 Award for Innovation from the Association of Science-Technology Centers for worldwide leadership in the field of Internet-based education. Among the innovative content online is The Accidental Scientist, which engages visitors in the science of everyday activities such as cooking (www.exploratorium.edu/cooking), making music (www.exploratorium.edu/music), and gardening (www.exploratorium.edu/gardening).

The Exploratorium is the locus for a variety of other programs researching the use of new technologies in education. Live@ Exploratorium features live webcasts linking museum and Internet audiences with science events and experts from around the globe.  Examples include Origins (www.exploratorium.edu/origins), which provides in-depth Webcasts and ongoing links to remote research stations investigating the origins of matter, the universe, the earth, and life itself. Journey to Mars featured the first images from Mars in a month of live webcasts on Mars (including remotes from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory), a full-scale model of NASA's Mars Exploration Rover, and working mini-rovers, for the public and online audiences.  In November 2006, the Exploratorium crew went to the National Optical Astronomy Observatory on Kitt Peak, in Arizona, to bring the Transit of Mercury webcast to online audiences worldwide.  In 2007-08, the Exploratorium celebrated the International Polar Year with live webcasts from Antarctica and the Arctic Circle.  The Exploratorium also regularly brings live solar eclipses from across the world to museum audiences and the public internationally.  In the summer of 2008, the Exploratorium team went to China for that year's total solar eclipse.

In spring 2009, NOAA and the Exploratorium announced a five-year partnership to bring cutting edge climate and ocean science to the public. Collaborating with NOAA scientists, the Exploratorium has begun to develop interactive experiences to help explain and illustrate dynamic scientific discoveries. The Exploratorium has created an online and museum presence for the Okeanos Explorer (www.exploratorium.edu/okeanos )that will include ship blogs, video and audio clips from recent discoveries, tracking on Oceans in Google Earth, and live streaming high-definition video from the ship.

The Exploratorium is also engaged in several projects investigating how new technologies can enhance the museum learning experience, such as:

  • The PIE Network (Playful Invention and Exploration), a consortium led by the MIT Media Lab that tests the use of miniature electronic devices as teaching tools, among other endeavors

  • The Digital Asset Management project increased audience access to a digital library of unique Exploratorium images, activities, and other media resources.

The Learning Tools division produces publications and other media for the public, families, and educators, and currently has more than 28 titles in print. In 2006, Learning Tools released Exploratopia, the recipient of the 2008 AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books.  It gathers over 25 years of Exploratorium knowledge, experience, and activities in a single book. And, each year, 13,000 copies of the Exploratorium Newsletter are distributed bi-monthly.


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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.

Pier 15
San Francisco
California 94111
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