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Science Gift Guide 2007

For Immediate Release:
December 01, 2007

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Science Gift Guide 2007

Top Ten Holiday Picks from the Exploratorium Store

Build, experiment, cut, color and light up the holidays with new gifts that go beyond the everyday. Chosen by the staff of the Exploratorium, the world’s first and foremost hands-on science museum, these ten toys and gifts make science facts –- whether familiar or new -- come alive in fun ways. All gifts are found at www.exploratoriumstore.com , or call (415) 561-0393 for phone orders.

Ball of Whacks

All proceeds from the Exploratorium Store support the activities of the Exploratorium. Stop by often -- in person or on the web -- and take a little science from the Exploratorium home with you for the holidays. Among them are:
Ball of Whacks
A must have for all future multi-millionaire entrepreneurs, Ball of Whacks is the latest incarnation of Roger von Oech’s creativity enriching products used by millions around the world. By dividing one of nature’s most beautiful shapes -- the thirty-sided rhombic triacontahedron -- into 30 pyramid pieces, the Ball of Whacks is in fact a fun set of magnetic building blocks that can be reshaped into a virtual kalediscope of beautiful forms. ($29.90)

Rainbow in My Room
This amazing rainbow projector fills the walls and ceiling with a dazzling spectrum that is both hopeful and uplifting. Using multi-colored LED’s, it can be turned on with a wave of the hand and shuts off automatically. Rainbows appear day and night. A perfect gift for ages 5 and up. ($29.90)

Milestones in Science
This is not a book, but an active research expedition through the history of science! Conduct experiments with the more than 94 pieces included that will literally take you through the great discoveries first hand. Learn about 140 famous scientists and inventors like Archimedes, Copernicus, Einstein, Watt an Darwin as you reproduce their ground breaking experiments. A perfect gift for young scientists and young historians and scientific historians of any age, this is a chance to do the science and learn the scientific and historical context in which such discoveries were made. Ages 10 and up. ($79.90)

The Pocket Paper Engineer
How To Make Pop Ups Step by Step
by Carol Barton (Popular Kinetics Press)

Pop-up books with movable paper mechanisms have their roots in antique scientific texts. As early as the 15th century, paper dials and lift up flaps were used to explain concepts in astronomy, mathematics, and human anatomy. This wonderful guide to basic pop up engineering, whether for do-it-yourself kids books, greeting cards, art projects or your own new scientific treatise, gives you the tools you need. The only limit to your designs is your own imagination. ($24.00)

Red Blood Cell and other Giant Microbes
These plush toys are back with the cutest one ever. A cross between a red furry donut (without the hole) and magnified science, the red blood cell giant microbe has big black eyes and an expression of open-mouthed wonder. Besides being cuddly, it’s a way to learn that red blood cells are what carries oxygen and carbon dioxide round the body. Imagine there are more than 10,000,000,000,000 of these cute things floating in yours. If Red Blood Cells don’t do it for you, you might want to check out the Whole White Blood Cell (Leukocytes) -- he’s got legs! -- or the bright yellow Ulcer (H. pylori bacteria). ($6.25-6.50)

Moon In My Room
Find out what a little moonlight can do for you with your very own moon in your very own room. The authentically detailed Moon in My Room hangs on your wall and shines moonlight -- under your control. With twelve different settings you can match what the real moon is doing outside or if you’re feeling wild, make it a personal full moon of your very own. Includes a CD audio tour of the moon and its unique relationship to planet earth. ($29.90)

Physics Solar Workshop
Discover and harness the energy from the sun. With 12 building projects, 30 experiments, 329 pieces and a 64 page booklet to help you in your investigations, you’ll create a solar-powered tractor, truck, treaded vehicle, car, elevator, drawbridge, windmill, airplane, mobile crane and construction crane and learn about harnessing and using solar power, as well as motors and simple machines, all powered by the sun. For children 8 and up. ($59.95)

Stepping Into Science
This is a starter kit that teaches children basic science and experimentation in the key areas of biology, physics, chemistry, air, and water through 25 experiments. Children play with plants, light and colors, animals, weather, cars and motors as they learn. Instructions are in both English and Spanish for parents to guide their young children. Ages 5-7. ($34.90)

Kaleidodraw software CD repeats your drawings around and around a central point -- called rosettes -- just as you see in kaleidoscopes. Explore the art and science of symmetry patterns as you make magic as you draw. Find inspirations in nature from snowflakes to flowers to galaxies. Ages 3–100. ($23.90)

Op Art/Optical Illusions/Prismatic Design Coloring Books
Why just color when you can also explore the dazzling, receding, advancing, shimmering effects of op art and the interlocking rings, cubes, and other shapes that move back and forth in illusions and prismatic designs. Each of these three coloring books add an extra dimension of enjoyment and foster an appreciation of the mysteries of perception and whether seeing is in fact believing. Perfect for kids or designers and illustrators. ($3.95 each)

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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