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The Exploratorium is the global leader in informal education, igniting curiosity and inspiring creativity in people of all ages. Our mission is to change the way the world learns, creating innovative learning environments, enthusiastic leaders, and new knowledge for teacher professional development.

At the Exploratorium, we view learning broadly and believe there are different ways of learning and knowing: through direct experience with phenomena, through art, through dialogue, and through tinkering. We work to change the way the world learns and to promote equal access to these powerful ways of learning about the world.

For most students, science is still defined by textbook chapter assignments on Monday and vocabulary quizzes on Friday. Regrettably, students experience science in an interactive way in perhaps less than 10 percent of science classrooms. The Exploratorium is working to change that.

The Exploratorium provides science learning programs for children and youth from throughout the Bay Area and beyond. Critical to these programs are opportunities for learners to be teachers (just as our programs for professional educators provide opportunities for teachers to be learners).