The Exploratorium Network for Exhibit-Based Teaching (ExNET) is a hybrid exhibit and teaching program that shares the fruits of forty years of research by the Exploratorium and affiliated partners with a diverse group of science-rich institutions around the United States and the world.
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ExNET features a collection of the best of the Exploratorium’s exhibits, grouped together thematically into a number of different powerful combinations.
February 5, 2012 - Arkansas museums gather for tinkering By Aiona Bones
The Exploratorium is working with museums across the state of Arkansas to create spaces for open ended making at the intersection of art, science, and technology. While the studios’ infrastructure is being sawed, drilled and bolted together in San Francisco, the folks in Arkansas have been just as busy preparing themselves to direct and facilitate [...]
October 27, 2011 - Color Uncovered: The Exploratorium’s First iPad App Takes Off By Aiona Bones
Color Uncovered, the Exploratorium’s very first iPad app, was released last week and was quickly downloaded by scores of curious users. It currently sits at #1 for free educational apps, much to the excitement of Exploratorium staff, who volleyed emails back and forth all week, keeping each other posted on its current rating as it [...]
October 12, 2011 - The Passing of The Torch, The Exploratorium Gets New Explainers By Aiona Bones
Here in San Francisco the rains have just started. That’s how I know that summer is officially over. The days are getting shorter, the tourists have gone home, the children have started school, and the rest of us have unpacked our rain gear. In the museum business this also means that field trip season is [...]
September 12, 2011 - Prototyping New Ideas: Zoetrope and Cycloid Station By Aiona Bones
ExNET has been working on designing two new activities for our traveling tinkering show, and I recently had the opportunity to join forces with the Exploratorium Tinkering Studio team to prototype them on the floor. It was both fun and profoundly useful to see them in action, and we’re planning on doing more prototyping together [...]
August 11, 2011 - Giant lasers, super vacuums and the search for gravity waves By Aiona Bones
Most ExNET exhibit sets can be found at science and discovery museums in the center of cities, but every rotation cycle we ship one set out to Louisiana, far from any large metropolis, to a very high tech research center hidden behind a tangle of dense wet forest. This is LIGO, a Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave [...]