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Take a good look around: The ho-hum spots you inhabit every day are actually secret laboratories full of fascinating and eye-popping amazement—from the instant you wake up to the time you nod off at night! Discover these awe-inspiring scientific playgrounds with Exploralab—the hands-on, action-packed activity guide from the world's most beloved and fun-filled laboratory, the Exploratorium, in San Francisco.
Exploralab contains tons of way-cool tools of inquiry to help kids get in on the science fun, including: a magnifier, reflective paper, fabric swatches, an eraseable whiteboard, textured paper, a spinning disc, polarizing filters, colored acetate sheets, and glow-in-the-dark ink! For three days in February 2010, the Exploratorium showcased the innovations and outlaw aesthetics of custom computer culture. An outgrowth of the hacker community, personal computer modding was born from the need for speed and personal style. Children’s book author David Schwartz tells how big numbers got him excited about math when he was a kid.
This short preview clip of the larger B-Roll video has footage of the Exploratorium, inside and out, including scenes of children interacting with museum exhibits. Does your child remember the same things you do? Not necessarily. Children are as good or better than adults at remembering events, but have difficulty remembering how, when, and why they learn things. This has implications for issues from eyewitness testimony to recovered memories. Alison Gopnik is Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley. Learn how to bridge the digital generation gap with America's foremost expert on kids and computers. Seymour Papert talks about the impact of the Digital Age on the family.