Fridays, June 28 and July 12, 2013, 12 pm
Live Webcast: /iron_science
Cheer on the competitors at the Exploratorium’s 16th Annual Iron Science Teacher, the popular, zany cook-off, where teachers compete before a live audience for the sought-after “Iron Science Teacher” title. Parodying the cult Japanese TV program, “Iron Chef,” this competition showcases science teachers from around the country and internationally as they devise classroom activities using a particular ingredient—an everyday item such as an egg, a magnet or a piece of chalk.
Watch in person at the Exploratorium at Pier 15 on Fridays June 28 and July 12, 2013, at 12 noon, or tune into the live webcast at /iron_science
"We try to show that teachers can do science with anything and low-tech materials can illustrate classic principles of science and math,” said Linda Shore, Ph.D, Director of the Exploratorium Teacher Institute and host of the competition.
As one contestant put it, "This helps teachers teach the $10 million state science standards on a $10 budget." Teachers have used an envelope to explain fractrals, geometric forms found in nature; sheets of paper to explain friction; or soap to explain surface tension.
The Iron Science Teacher competition was developed by the Exploratorium’s Teacher Institute, which brings together middle and high school science teachers, from around the country and internationally to learn and share ways of teaching inquiry-based science. There are more than 2,500 alumni of the Teacher Institute, with support from organizations such as the National Science Foundation, Arthur Vining Davis Foundation, Chevron Corporation, and the Clarence E. Heller Charitable Foundation.