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Season 2010 Episode 0212

Reinterpreting Science Centers

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Reinterpreting Science Centers
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The Exploratorium in San Francisco and the Technorama in Winterthur, Switzerland, are challenging the notion of the traditional science museum. Although the two institutions are 5,000 miles apart, they share a common philosophy as well as a common bond.Remo Besio, former director of Technorama: the Swiss Science Center, and Claire Pillsbury, project director at the Exploratorium, sit down at swissnex San Francisco to discuss the role of museums in communicating science to the general public. They share their observations on how their two organizations have learned from each other during almost twenty years of collaboration, and explain the ideas behind the reinterpretation of the science center.Both the Exploratorium and the Technorama embrace interactive exhibits that nurture curiosity and help visitors understand the world around them better. This innovative approach to learning transforms the institutions into living laboratories where participation is invited and expected and where "Please do not touch!" is replaced by "Try it!"moreless
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