Explorit is in its 39th year and is proud to continue its success and accomplishments in developing and providing innovative and engaging science programs that primarily focus on Pre-K, K, and elementary school children. Our onsite programs and traveling school programs are well aligned with the Next Generations Standards (NGSS) and help elementary school teachers create exciting STEM experiences that supplement their lesson plans. Explorit's focus on "doing" science through observation, hands-on activities, thinking and questioning together lead to discovery and encourage creativity and problem solving. These goals are enhanced and achieved by highlighted and emphasizing the connections of science and nature to our everyday life experiences. Members and donors are our most important source of financial support. Your donations help support the science programs we provide to elementary schools in 18 counties. At many of these schools, the children receive little or no other science instruction. We reach over 75,000 parents, teachers and students each year.
A little history! Founded in 1982 by local citizens, this home grown experiment was conceived as a cutting edge model of public exposure to science. It was a different breed of science center at a time when other types of science centers were focused primarily on the observation of scientific phenomena through formal demonstrations or traditional museum 'hands-off' installations. At Explorit, we focus on personal involvement in the process of science and nature. Our vision is embodied in the use, by both children and adults, of every day materials to discover the mostly unnoticed, unappreciated science processes that make our everyday world work.
Explorit has a particular style, developed and matured over 36 years in response to the expressed and demonstrated needs and interests of Explorit's audience as well as to the capabilities of the staff and facility in which Explorit operates. Over the last five years, K-12 programs have aligned specifically with and highlighted the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), which in large, part reflect the style and approach Explorit has fostered since 1982.
COVID has required us to pause our school based programs and close our gallery. We continue to provide outdoor afterschool camps and use this time to update our curriculum and plan for our gallery re-opening.