Exploratorium to Open Communty Science Center in Los Altos

Explo_Med_logoThe Exploratorium is coming to us, beginning next month! Helix, an informal learning space featuring 25 exhibits, will open Dec. 13 on State Street in Los Altos. Best of all, admission will be “pay as you wish.”

Considered an experiment in informal learning, Helix is part science museum, part retail space, and part community center, and will host school field trips, evening lectures, and traditional Exploratorium workshops. It’s funded through a one year grant from Passerelle Investments, which is reportedly funded by Sergey Brin. Passerelle’s work has been a benefit to families, as they’ve helped family-friendly shops and restaurants flourish in downtown Los Altos. Had lunch with your kids at Bumble, then stepped on over to Area 151? You can thank Passerelle.

According to the Exploratorium, the Helix space will showcase approximately 25 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.

Helix has a website, but it will not fully launch until Nov. 20.

If You’re Going to See One Movie this Year, Frozen 2 is It
Disney on Ice Skates Back to the Bay Area Next Month
Lunch at Gott’s with a Cheesy Lifehack
The Exploratorium’s Summer Exhibit Will Inflate Imagination
If You’re Going to See One Movie this Year, Frozen 2 is It
Disney on Ice Skates Back to the Bay Area Next Month
The Best Family Fun Activities at the Presidio
Disney’s Food & Wine Festival Inspires Junior Chefs
Yes, Disney’s Aulani is Worth the Money
Road Trip: The Pilgrimage to The Pioneer Woman
Road Trip: Adventure Through Some of the Middle States
Tulip Fields Without a Flight to the Netherlands