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Exploratorium

Magazine article School Librarian

Exploratorium

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http://www.exploratorium.edu

The Exploratorium is museum for science, art and human perception and is based in San Francisco, USA. Their website includes a wealth of information and online interactive materials that can be used without visiting the museum. At first the website can seem daunting as there seems to be so much information available in the thousands of web pages.

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Under the 'Explore' tab you are able to browse the range of resources which are divided into subject areas of: Astronomy and Space, Culture, Earth, Everyday Life, Human Body, Listening, Living Things, Material World, Mind and Seeing. Each subject area has two sections. The first, 'Things to Make and Do', includes link to hands-on activities, articles and videos.

The second section is to further websites by Exploratorium which look at individual topics in even greater detail. The website also has a search facility which allows you to search by keyword. In the search results it also offers alternatives to narrow your search further.

Unfortunately there is not a search facility available that allows you to search by resource type. So it is not possible to search just for the interactive sources or only articles etc. If you are looking at the list of sources under 'Things to Make and Do' it does identify the type of resource there.

The range of hands on activities offer something for everyone from using biscuits to demonstrate how large amounts of rock and sediment are added to the edge of continents to making your own Martian environment. …

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