Who Are the Explainers?
The Field Trip Explainers are a group of experienced educators who love working with kids. The crew is diverse in their academic, professional, and life experiences. 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?
The Field Trip Explainers are here to support, inspire, and empower the visitors.
Explainers Orient School Groups
Every school group is greeted by an Explainer, who gives them an introduction to the Exploratorium, a logistical overview of the day, and a connection to a real person. The Explainers bring each group into the museum to explore one exhibit during the orientation. The Explainer models the process of using Exploratorium exhibits and allows the students to try things out and get started. Each orientation is different, depending on the Explainer, the age of the group, and the specific needs of the group.
Explainers Interact with Visitors at the Exhibits
You’ll find Explainers roaming among the exhibits in all areas of the Exploratorium. They entice 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.
Explainers Facilitate Learning Experiences at Explainer Stations
Explainers are stationed throughout the Exploratorium doing structured and open-ended demonstrations. For example, Explainers dissect cow eyes, perform magic tricks, explore marine life, and engage visitors in philosophical discussions.
How Do They Learn to Be Great Explainers?
Always Evolving [PDF] is a short book describing the Field Trip Explainer professional development program.
We Have Two Groups of Explainers
In addition to the Field Trip Explainers, we have High School Explainers. If you are a high school teacher, you might want to let your students know about the High School Explainer Program.