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Facilitator Explainers

Facilitator Explainers

Facilitator Explainers are trained, adult educators who help teachers, students and visitors investigate their questions on a deeper level.

Program Overview

The Facilitator: Explainers are a group of experienced educators who support, inspire, and empower visitors. The group is diverse in their academic, professional, and life experiences; they all have a spark for learning new things and an interest in working with kids. While they are at the Exploratorium, they work hard to develop their skills as educators through extensive training and reflective practice. 

What do they do? 

Orient School Groups

Every school group is greeted by a Facilitator: Explainer, who gives them an introduction to the Exploratorium, a logistical overview of the day, and a connection to a real person. The Facilitator: Explainers bring each group into the museum to explore an exhibit during the orientation. The Facilitator: Explainer models the process of engaging with Exploratorium exhibits and allows the students to try things out and get started. Each orientation is different, depending on the Facilitator: Explainers, the age of the students, and the specific interests and needs of the group. 

Interact with Visitors at the Exhibits

You’ll find Facilitator: Explainers working with visitors among the exhibits in all areas of the Exploratorium. They encourage visitors to engage with exhibits by playfully engaging with the exhibits themselves, and they help teachers and students investigate their questions on a deeper level. 

Facilitate Learning Experiences at Explainer Stations

Facilitator: Explainers are stationed throughout the Exploratorium performing structured and open-ended demonstrations. For example, Facilitators dissect cow eyes, perform magic tricks, explore marine life, and engage visitors in philosophical discussions.

A Day in the Life: the Explainers

Become a Facilitator Explainer

How to Apply

As positions are available, you will find the role posted on the Exploratorium's Current Openings page under the job title "Facilitator: Explainer."

Contact Information 

Facilitator Explainer Program
Exploratorium
Pier 17 Suite 100, Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA 94111
E-mail: hsesupervisors@exploratorium.edu

The Exploratorium is a nonprofit equal opportunity museum of science, art, and human perception.