Founded by particle physicist Frank Oppenheimer in 1969, San Francisco’s
Exploratorium seeks to change the way the world learns with a focus on self-teaching and exploration. The hands-on science museum features exhibits
such as a wind table where visitors can create flying objects; a fog bridge,
which creates the mist that frequently envelops the Bay area; and an “Algae
Chandelier” where visitors can pump oxygen to nourish tanks of colored
algae, also known as phytoplankton.
BY JOSEPH WENISCH, P.E., MEMBER ASHRAE; AND LINDSEY GAUNT