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16th Annual Iron Science Teacher Competition at the Exploratorium

For Immediate Release:
June 01, 2013

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16th Annual Iron Science Teacher Competition at the Exploratorium

Fridays, June 28 and July 12, 2013, 12 pm
Live Webcast: http://www.exploratorium.edu/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 http://www.exploratorium.edu/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.

Hours of Operation & New Evening Hours
Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm;  every Thursday evening adults only (ages 18 and up) 6pm-10pm.

$29 for adults, with lower rates for SF Bay Area residents, youth, seniors, students, teachers and the disabled. Tickets available at the door and advance tickets available online at www.exploratorium.edu/visit/tickets.

Getting Here
The Exploratorium is easily accessible by public transit. Convenient parking is available nearby. For more information, visit www.exploratorium.edu/visit/location-directions

About the Exploratorium
The Exploratorium is the global leader in informal learning, igniting curiosity and inspiring creativity in people of all ages. The world-renowned science museum creates original, interactive exhibits, on display at more than 1,000 science centers, museums and public spaces around the world. Dedicated to education reform in and out of the classroom, the Exploratorium is a premier professional development center for educators and a creator of award-winning educational resources. Since 1969, the Exploratorium has influenced generations of entrepreneurs, artists, scientists, teachers, students, children, museum professionals and everyday doers, reaching nearly 180 million people annually from around the globe. On April 17, 2013, the Exploratorium opened at Pier 15 in the heart of San Francisco's Embarcadero, where it will celebrate a new era of experiences that encourage critical thinking and awaken wonder for generations to come. For more information, visit www.exploratorium.edu/visit.

Pier 15
San Francisco
California 94111
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