THE EXPLORA EXPERIENCE
Explora is a new kind of learning place! We welcome visitors of all ages, and provide real experiences with real things that put people’s learning in their own hands. Explora strives to provide exhibits that nurture thoughtful activity. Science, technology, engineering, art, and math exhibits are designed to engage visitors of all ages, and the scale of most exhibits is small, fitting on tabletops. The parts are hand-sized and made for manipulating. We make exhibits with interactive qualities, such that both exhibit and users are changed even in small and unexpected ways by the encounters, while leaving evidence of previous activity for the next user.
2019 Exhibit News
March: Airworks has opened, offering visitors opportunities to explore 5 new exhibits that show how air helps us do work, including hands-on exploration related to rockets, parachutes, hovercrafts, and more.
May: Explora’s Calming Corner has been upgraded, and we’ve added a Nursing Nook. Both are located on the upper floor near the doors to the West Deck.
May 18 through mid-December: Enjoy Bounce, a temporary exhibit in which visitors can explore the wonderful world of circles, curves, and spheres, is visiting Explora from the Don Harrington Discovery Center.
June 15: Our current makerspace will undergo a transformation and reopen on June 15 as the new Studio Inventivo, featuring new innovative ways to invent, connect, and create.
Explora entices every visitor with wonderfully engaging exhibits around every turn. You can move freely as your intrigue captures you or plan your visit with our handy exhibits guide. Offered in English and in Spanish.
Download Explora Visitor’s Guide
Download Explora Visitor’s Guide
Explora’s exhibit areas – Ground floor
Engineering Gravity / La ingeniería de la gravedad
Experiment with balls and ramps to slow down the effects of gravity. How can you use friction, slope, and momentum to send a marble down a ramp on a pegboard wall?
Water of Life; Life of Water / Agua de la vida; La vida del agua
Explore water and its unique characteristics. Is water sticky? Can it flow uphill? What patterns will water make when different objects interrupt its flow?
Water Flow Patio
Outdoor water exhibits. These exhibits are a little bit wetter than our indoor water exhibits, and offer just as many possibilities for experimentation and investigation into the intriguing properties of water. Can you build a dam out of LEGO® DUPLO® blocks? What happens when you pump water into a water tower that’s ten feet tall? Can you move a solar panel so it powers a fountain of your own design?
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Experiments for our youngest visitors.
Arts and Crafts Workshop / Taller de artes manuales y artesanías
Work with recycled materials for making anything you can imagine. Can you make an object that is physically or visually balanced? Can you make something that doesn’t look like anything else?
Airworks / Obras Aéreas
The air around us is composed of a mixture of gases that we are inhaling, exhaling, and interacting with all the time. While it might seem like air isn’t much of anything, it is actually a fluid, has mass, and is subject to gravity. Explore how air helps us do work, including hands-on exploration related to rockets, parachutes, hovercrafts, airplanes, helicopters, windmills, and more.
Light, Shadow, Color / Luz, sombra, color
Investigate light. Can you make light bounce? What affects how much light will bend? What makes things focused or blurry? What makes a shadow big or small? What produces a yellow shadow?
Experiment Bar / Barra de experimentación
Microscopes, Pigments, Chromatography… You never know what you’ll encounter in our Experiment Bar. Activities change throughout the month, and are available for visitors to drop in and explore during their visit.
Investigate the wonderful world of circles, curves, and spheres in this temporary exhibit, here through mid-December 2019 from Don Harrington Discovery Center.
Math Moves! / ¡Movidas matemáticas!
Get a feel for proportion – fractions, ratios, similarity, scaling, and percentages. Can you balance weight the same way you balance an equation? Why might a 120-tooth gear create a 5-segmented pattern when driven by a 24-tooth gear? What might the pattern be when a 36-tooth gear drives the 120? How do the locations of a weight or of pivot points change the force needed to lift a lever?
Explora’s exhibit areas – Upper floor
Charges, Currents, and Circuits / Descargas, corrientes y circuitos
Experiment with electricity. How can you make electricity? What does electricity need in order to flow and do the work we want it to do? What happens to electricity transmitted over a distance? How does a switch work? Can you make a light bulb turn on with only two wires?
Curious Bubbles / Burbujas curiosas
Blow, pop, dip, float, and swirl while you investigate all the amazing properties of bubbles in our newly developed bubble exhibit space. We have big bubbles and micro bubbles and everything in between with our exhibits built right here at Explora!
Riding the High Wire Bike two stories high / Montando la bicicleta de cuerda floja a dos pisos de altura
- Height: Taller than 56 inches, but shorter than 6 feet 5 inches
- Weight: Less than 225 pounds
Paradox Café / Café de las paradojas
Explore your perception. Are your eyes or your brain telling you the truth? How can our eyes be misled? How do black, white, shades of grey, and shadow affect our brains’ interpretations?
What do you want to invent today? Explore the intersections of science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) as you practice the joy of the design process in this innovative studio. How can you attach, alter, or adapt the form and function of common materials to make new creations or solutions?
Calming Corner / Rincón tranquilo
A comfortable, calming space with less stimulation. This area can be used for privacy, a place to regroup, or as a relaxing environment to take a break.
Nursing Nook / Cobijo de lactancia
A relaxing private area set aside for nursing mothers.
Imagine, sketch, and release your very own animated character into the digital world. Watch as it comes to life in teamLab’s interactive installation from Japan. Explora will alternate the Sketch Aquarium with Sketch Town.
Shapes of Sounds / Las formas de los sonidos
Discover properties of sound and vibration. What happens to the sound an object makes when you make part of it shorter or longer? What do sounds feel like? How does the mass of an object affect the way it vibrates or the sounds that it makes?
Explora is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, and all purchases at our store are always tax-free.
Proceeds from your purchases at Ideas, the store at Explora, help fund our programs and exhibits.