The Exploratorium is a pioneer in the hands-on science museum world. But it's more than a museum; it's an ongoing exploration of science, art and human perception with inquiry-based learning at its core.
Working at the Exploratorium as an Exhibit Writer/Developer greatly informed my 'bottom-up' approach to creating hands-on and minds-on museum experiences. Although my curatorial practice has broadened to interpret more than observable physical phenomena, I carry lessons with me from my immersion into the Exploratorium philosophy to invite people to ask questions, question answers, and discover for themselves how the world works. In this era of 'fake news', I believe that museum practitioners have a vital role to play in fostering critical thinking skills.
Two exemplary projects that I collaborated on during my Exploratorium tenure were APE (Active Prolonged Engagement) and Listen: Making Sense of Sound. Project highlights include serving as editor of "Fostering Active Prolonged Engagement: The Art of Creating APE Exhibits" as well as developing the Listening Guides multimedia exhibits and website.