XTech is the Exploratorium’s science, technology, and engineering program for 7th, 8th, and 9th graders. Students and staff work on all sorts of projects – from dissecting the guts of a computer to building machines that create wild kinetic patterns of laser light.
The program is free, and low-income students and those from diverse cultural backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Girls are especially welcome. The workshops are an intensive, hands-on program in science, technology, engineering, art and math. There are two 2-week summer sessions. Upon completion of a summer session, participants may apply for the year-round XTech program, where they can earn money. Details of the SUMMER program:
Dates: June 6-17 or Aug. 1-12
Application deadline: May 16
Location: Exploratorium (at the Palace of Fine Arts, 3601 Lyon St., SF)
Times: Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
XTech is the Exploratorium’s two-year science, technology, and engineering program for 7th, 8th, and 9th graders. Students and staff work on all sorts of projects that incorporate science concepts, art, human perception, engineering, problem-solving, and technology.
XTech has developed a working prototype of a student production laboratory at the Exploratorium. XTech middle and high school students have access to the tools, technology, and staff that help them explore, create, and produce innovative, engaging, and cool technology-based projects. Check out the “projects” page to see what XTech students have achieved.
XTech students come from two very successful education programs – Aim High and First Graduate. Students are in XTech for two years – either 7th and 8th grades or 8th and 9th.
Xtech students are required to fulfill a minimum number of hours each year – building projects, doing research, learning about technology, going on field trips, and making discoveries at Exploratorium exhibits.