Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Check Out This Tres Cool Museum . . .

"Housed within the walls of San Francisco's landmark Palace of Fine Arts, the Exploratorium is a collage of hundreds of interactive exhibits in the areas of science, art, and human perception"  and was founded in 1969 by physicist and educator, Dr. Frank Oppenheimer.

Their mission is to "create a culture of learning through innovative environments, programs, and tools that help people nurture their curiosity about the world around them".


The museum has been online since 1993 with over 18,000 web pages as well as sound and video files that explore hundreds of different topics. it attracts 20 million (yes, million!) visitors a year. 

Kind of mind boggling, isn't it?

 While you explore the website be sure to press the "Do Not Push This Button" button on the home page, sign up for their E-newsletter, check out the more than 500 science experiments that you can print out and have a great time!

Miss Bun is most impressed with the museum's creative, thoughtful use of technology to "focus on investigating the science behind the ordinary subjects and experiences of people's lives. The topics themselves provide "hooks" that get people excited about science. Then, when we investigate these topics, we can also look at the historical and social issues surrounding them, thus providing a context for scientific exploration".

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