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Latinx Engineering Day 2023

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Latinx Engineering Day 2023

Join us for a family-friendly collaboration between the Exploratorium and the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE). 

Our 24th annual Latinx Engineering Day/Día de la Ingeniería combines a panel discussion with Latinx engineers, the multilingual ¡Plantásticas! exhibit, and hundreds of interactive activities. This annual program is conducted in Spanish and English and provides opportunities to meet with prominent engineers in the Latinx community.    

For general museum information, call 415.528.4444 or visit We recommend arriving by public transit.

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Hispanic Heritage Month Exhibit Guide

Look for signs throughout the museum honoring Latinx scientists, innovators, activists, and artists. 

Cell Phone Microscope Explorations
11:00 a.m–4:00 p.m.
Gordon and Betty Moore Gallery 4: Living Systems
With Carlos Ng Pitti

Explore life at the microscopic scale with the CellScope, a cell phone microscope invented by bioengineers at UC Berkeley. See familiar creatures up close and learn how these microscopes are used to diagnose diseases in remote areas with UC Berkeley bioengineering graduate student Carlos Ng Pitti. 

Glowing Paper Skulls
11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Bechtel Gallery 3, Classroom 1606

Cut and fold a paper skull then add a simple circuit to make the skull's mouth glow.

Make Your Mark! (On a Plant Pot)
Noon–2:00 p.m.
Gordon and Betty Moore Gallery 4: Living Systems
With Andi Xoch and Elizabeth Montufar

Get creative and decorate your very own terra-cotta pot! Make a beautiful vessel for a plant to take root, with help from the artist and the inspiration behind the amazing plant patios in our ¡Plantásticas! exhibition. Learn a little bit about how to repot plants for success, and maybe even add some flora to your pot.

Festival of Altars Opening Ceremony
12:00 p.m

Join Rosa De Anda, executive director and founder of Marigold Project, and Adrian Arias, artist and curator, as they celebrate the opening of Festival of Altars with an intimate ceremony. You’re invited to invoke the natural elements and reflect on the interconnection between people, nature, and ancestors.

Meet the Engineers!
2:30 p.m.
Gordon and Betty Moore Gallery 4: Living Systems

With SHPE Engineers 

The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers presents a panel discussion full of inspirational stories of their work and paths to successful careers.    

Music and Dance Performance
4:00 p.m.
Fisher Bay Observatory Gallery 6

Founded in 2010, Valverde Dance Ballet Folklorico is a dance and music ensemble started by choreographer, musician, and researcher of Andean folklore Luis Valverde. The ensemble’s work is mainly dedicated to the study, instruction, and performance of indigenous and mestizo dance and music genres from the Andes mountains.

Free Book Giveaway
10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Please take a free children’s or young adult book in English or Spanish compliments of the San Francisco Public Library.

Ask an Engineer
12:00–1:00 p.m.

Get to know professional and student engineers.