Executive Associate Director,
Robert Semper is executive associate director of the Exploratorium, the renowned hands-on San Francisco science museum, where he leads the institution's development of teaching and learning programs. Over the past ten years he has guided development of the award winning Exploratorium website, exploring the role of museums in the online world.
A physicist and a science educator, Dr. Semper is the principle investigator on many science education, media, and research projects. One such effort is the Center for Informal Learning and Schools, a research collaboration between the Exploratorium, U.C. Santa Cruz, and King's College in London that is funded by the National Science Foundation.
Before coming to the Exploratorium, Dr. Semper was a Schumann fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and directed a creative collaboration between Apple Computer and Lucasfilm Ltd. to develop interactive multimedia education projects.
Dr. Semper received the 1994 Informal Educator of the Year award from the National Science Teachers Association, and his team at the Exploratorium's Center for Media and Communication was awarded the 2000 Award for Innovation from the Association of Science Technology Centers. He serves on numerous advisory boards, including the national board of the George Lucas Educational Foundation.