Science Explorer

What is Science Explorer?

Science Explorer invites young people to study bubbles and rainbows, investigate optical illusions, and test the effects of static electricity. While the young scientists make a mess, they ask questions and discover answers—and they develop a variety of skills, from measuring and classifying to predicting, experimenting, and forming hypotheses. Activities range from 15 minutes or less to an hour or more in duration. The program can support your STEM initiatives before, during, or after the school day.

The program includes

  • 30 high-interest, compelling activities
  • Flexible explorations that last from 15–60 minutes
  • Materials for up to 40 children
  • Activities that make kids say “Wow!”

The Science Explorer program is a collection of experiments that blend academic content with curiosity-building activities. Using ordinary materials, students look at how things work and how they change. Science Explorer was created by the Exploratorium, San Francisco’s nationally recognized leader in inquiry-based, hands-on education.

The Scientific Approach

Science is a way of looking at the world and figuring out how it works. The Science Explorer program introduces children to the scientific approach and helps them to develop problem-solving skills, to think critically, and to succeed in school as curious learners.

What Children Learn and Practice

  • Observing
  • Inferring
  • Measuring
  • Communicating
  • Classifying
  • Asking questions
  • Predicting
  • Experimenting
  • Forming hypotheses

How They Learn and Practice

  • Outdoor experiments
  • Indoor experiments
  • Whole group activities
  • Small group activities
  • Art
  • Music

Download a correlation to the National Science Education Standards here.