When the right answer is a question: Students as explainers at the Exploratorium

Sunday, January 1, 1995
Resource Type:
Reference Materials | Book
Environment Type: 
Public Programs, Museum and Science Center Programs
Youth/Teen (up to 17) | Museum/ISE Professionals
Education and learning science | General STEM

Students who work at the Exploratorium in San Francisco, California learn about science by explaining to the visitors from all over the world how the museum's exhibits work. The students are teen-agers who also come from all over the world to be "Explainers" for the Exploratorium. They go through a training period to learn the basics of how the exhibits work and how to share their knowledge with the general public. The student "Explainers" not only learn about science, but they also learn how to be effective communicators. After completing a semester of working in the Museum, students take their experiences with them and build upon them for the rest of their lives. Many students use this valuable experience to further their science education and to pursue science related employment. The book concludes with information on how students can apply to work at the Exploratorium.


Team Members

Ellen KlagesEllen KlagesAuthor
Darlene LibreroDarlene LibreroAuthor
James BellAuthor

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