Hands-On Activities

Making Salt Patterns

Print Nature Around You

Growing Your Own Slime Mold

Making Turbulence Patterns


It has been our experience that the public responds to nothing more favorably than activities that are demonstrated within the exhibition. Programmed activities add to the overall hum of the experience and allow visitors yet another way into the content of the show. You might also consider commissioning an artist to develop a program rather than an exhibit for your show. We commissioned two activities from artists. One had to do with an ink pigment that was floated on water by artist Marie Lansac, and the other is the print making activity by Irene Chan.

At the Exploratorium, the print making activity was held several times over the duration of the exhibition; the salt piece activity was developed by one of our exhibit facilitators with our travelling locations in mind; and the slime mold activity was developed by one of our exhibit artists. These activities are different from the ones included in the take home "Field Guide", which also make appropriate floor demonstrations. We strongly encourage you to seek out local artists to help with your demonstrations and to experiment with your own activity ideas.

Exploratorium 1998 -99