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A Teacher's Guide to Student-Built Experiments and the Exploratorium Science Snackbook

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In 1987, two dozen middle and high school science teachers met at the Exploratorium in San Francisco to begin the three-year process of writing the Exploratorium Science Snackbook. The Snackbook, written by teachers, for teachers, shows how to build exciting, hands-on science exhibits for the classroom. This magazine features articles by elementary, middle, and high school teachers that tell how they teach science using interactive materials from the Snackbook.

While Snackbook may seem an odd name for a publication about hands-on science, it's more apt than you might think. For many years, the Exploratorium has published a series of Cookbooks that contain exhibit "recipes"-instructions used by other museums to build duplicates of Exploratorium exhibits. The Snackbook contains exhibit recipes, too-but not for the complex, full-sized exhibits designed for other museums. Snackbook "Snacks" are inexpensive, classroom-sized versions of the same science exhibits we have here at the museum. You can make them yourself, or you can use them as student projects. Either way, Snacks can help you and your students succeed in science-and have fun doing it.


Table of Contents

Getting Hands-On Science Into the Classroom

The Exploratorium Science Snackbook: what it is and how you can use it.
by Paul Doherty

Building a Mini-Exploratorium(tm)

With middle school students as exhibit builders, you can create a science museum in your classroom.
by Modesto Tamez as told to Mary Miller

"Fog Chamber" Snack

Make a portable cloud in a bottle. Now you see it, now you don't!

"Mirrorly a Window" Snack

What you see is often affected by what you expect to see.

Hands-On Science, In Class and Out

Three high school teachers show how they use Snackbook experiments: as laboratories, demonstrations, and tools for motivation. by Paul Doherty

"Electroscope" Snack

What's your (electrical) sign?

"Giant Lens" Snack

A lens creates an image that hangs in mid air.

"Stripped-Down Motor" Snack

As motors go, this is about as simple as it gets.

Making Your Own Science Exhibits

Elementary school students create their own exhibits. by Erainya Neirro

"Blue Sky" Snack

Now you can explain why the sky is blue and why the sunset is red.

"Bird in the Cage" Snack

Stare at a color and see it change.

The Exploratorium Science Snackbook

Teacher Institute

Institute for Inquiry

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