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We are a Workshop: we build things. We are a Museum: we collect things. We collect essential experiments. We also collect the materials that experiments require. We collect tools and clever ways of building. We collect curious and gifted apprentices who can help experimenters get started.
Experiments are a way of learning things. They require self-guided trial and error, active exploration, and testing by all the senses. Experiments begin with important questions, questions that make you think or that inspire you to create. So perhaps it’s questions that we collect.
Essential Experiments are lessons you are much more likely to ﬁnd in a workshop or a studio than in a classroom. Experiments can be messy, noisy, and time-consuming. The color and sound and feel of their learning is essential. In our Workshop, we educate your senses to be prepared to understand... to really understand... the ideas you encounter in a classroom and in the world.
We could offer a list of 1000 Experiments to Try Before You Grow Up. It’s easier to start with 10 ideas that have guided our mission to discover essential experiments. By our rules, you will have to discover which experiments are important for you.