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Exploratorium to Open Satellite Location in Los Altos December 13


San Francisco, CA, USA — San Francisco’s Exploratorium will open Helix, a new community science center, in downtown Los Altos onDecember 13, 2013, bringing the museum’s curious blend of interactive science and inquiry to this vibrant Silicon Valley community. The 5,000-square-foot innovative hybrid space, located on State Street in Los Altos, will combine program and exhibit experiences with retail space, and is funded by a one-year grant from Passerelle Investments, a Los Altos investment company focused on community development, which is also a lead sponsor for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s Project Los Altos: SFMOMA in Silicon Valley.

“We’re excited by the prospect of an Exploratorium satellite in Silicon Valley, the heart of where so much of the region’s innovation takes place,” says Anne Richardson, Ph.D., Director of Helix. “The Exploratorium is a leader in informal learning, and we’re looking forward to the opportunity to experiment in a small, downtown setting, where we will be able to develop new programs and activities that connect with this community.”

Part science museum, part retail space, and part community center, Helix will engage with local schools and neighborhood groups to develop programs and events for all ages that reflect the unique character and needs of Los Altos and its surrounding communities. Possible activities at Helix include evening talks, workshops with Exploratorium staff, and fun, informal learning events exploring scientific phenomena.

The Helix space will showcase approximately 25 Exploratorium exhibits, including Chaotic Pendulum, which demonstrates how a deceptively simple set of pendulums can create surprising motion; Confused Sea, which mimics the action of wind over the ocean by generating waves; and Gaussian Melody, a sound exhibit in which three steel balls fall through an array of pins to produce a random melody that emulates a Gaussian distribution. Admission to Helix is pay what you wish.

Joe Kleiman
Joe Kleiman
Raised in San Diego on theme parks, zoos, and IMAX films, InPark's Senior Correspondent Joe Kleiman would expand his childhood loves into two decades as a projectionist and theater director within the giant screen industry. In addition to his work in commercial and museum operations, Joe has volunteered his time to animal husbandry at leading facilities in California and Texas and has played a leading management role for a number of performing arts companies. Joe previously served as News Editor and has remained a contributing author to InPark Magazine since 2011. HIs writing has also appeared in Sound & Communications, LF Examiner, Jim Hill Media, The Planetarian, Behind the Thrills, and MiceChat His blog, takes an unconventional look at the attractions industry. Follow on twitter @ThemesRenewed Joe lives in Sacramento, California with his wife, dog, and a ghost.

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