Posts Tagged With - ExNET

Arkansas museums gather for tinkering

By Aiona Bones on February 5, 2012

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 […]

Color Uncovered: The Exploratorium’s First iPad App Takes Off

By Aiona Bones on October 27, 2011

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 […]

The Passing of The Torch, The Exploratorium Gets New Explainers

By Aiona Bones on October 12, 2011

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 […]

Prototyping New Ideas: Zoetrope and Cycloid Station

By Aiona Bones on September 12, 2011

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 […]

Giant lasers, super vacuums and the search for gravity waves

By Aiona Bones on August 11, 2011

Giant lasers, super vacuums and the search for gravity waves

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 […]

Learning from Research

By Aiona Bones on June 15, 2011

While most science museum educators value the importance of scientific research in untangling and illuminating the world around us, it remains the case that research on informal learning itself is not widely read by the people in a position to put the research to use. I suspect one of the reasons for this is simply […]

Working With Artists

By Aiona Bones on May 31, 2011

The mission of modern science museums is evolving. I hear more and more about the importance of deeply engaging visitors and communities, encouraging innovation, and fostering the development of process skills, skills like noticing, questioning and communicating new ideas. These skills are not unique to the sciences; they are the same skills that are fostered […]

Maker Faire

By Aiona Bones on May 24, 2011

Maker Faire

This weekend the tinkering studio team packed up some of our favorite exhibits and activities and hauled them out to Maker Faire to share a piece of the Exploratorium with makers and inspiration seekers of all sorts. Some of our most innovative recent work has emerged from our collaboration with MAKE, and there’s a lot […]

Skateboarding in the Museum

By Aiona Bones on May 10, 2011

Skateboarding in the Museum

The Exploratorium is a giant slick floored jungle of interesting sights and strange objects designed to invite playfulness. It’s just barely official enough to give the impression that there are certain codes of conduct you should probably adopt while you’re here, for example “no skateboarding in the museum.” There’s not a sign that says you […]

New Report from EdWeek Outlines Science Learning Impact Outside of Classroom

By Sam Dean on April 11, 2011

This is a new report from EdWeek outlining science learning outside school times. It is an interesting article, and I think provides a digestible summary or primer for stakeholders not in the museum business, but also a good outside-in perspective on where others are on viewing our work in the field of science learning.