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Learning Toolbox: Engage in activities about the science of coronavirus and explore our online resources for learning at home.
Science of Water: Food Explore water's crucial role in food and cooking.
Browse our growing online collection of hands-on exhibits.
Global Climate Change Explorer • Discover how researchers study climate change and examine the latest scientific data.
Low-cost, teacher-tested activities for the classroom and the curious.
Wired Pier Environmental Field Station • Explore weather, air quality, and water conditions from San Francisco Bay
Dive into websites, activities, apps, and more.
Learn how changes in genes over generations created the modern goldfish.
by Exploratorium Staff • June 11, 2015
PBS Digitial Studios' latest episode of The Art Assignment profiles Zarouhie Abdalian, an Exploratorium Artist-in-Residence.
Try your hand at explaining symbols both modern and ancient, and then make your own.
The Antarctic food web is the simplest on the planet, and krill are at its hub.
APE was a four-year Exploratorium project to explore strategies and tactics to shift the role of visitors from passive recipient of information to active participant in the exhibit experience.
How are creative investigations sparked? What does a state of inspiration feel like? Can inspiration be transmitted from person to person? Join us for an audio slideshow series that explores the fascinating world of how we work creatively.
Stand outside on a sunny day with a watch in your hand, and you can tell which way is north.
For accuracy, it's best to use both a candy thermometer and the cold water test when making candy.
Watch a live sea urchin fertilization from After Dark: Sexplorations.
Explore the surprising side of color.
Touch, dance, or walk on the ooze known as ooblek.
Get to know the rock-zapping laser and telescope known as ChemCam.
Join an interview with avant-garde percussionist Susie Ibarra.
Our new Shadow Box is made of large phosphor screens which store light from a strobe flash, temporarily freezing the visitor's shadow.
Experience the slow majesty of the transit of Venus.
An introduction to the concepts and theories that contribute to contemporary complexity research.
Learn how grafting, hybridizing, and transgenics have transformed cultivation.
See why these beautiful flowers have attracted generations of admirers.
This 2011 conference, hosted at the Exploratorium, explored the role aesthetic inquiry in public interdisciplinary environments.
Learn about the body's vital defense force.
How good is your friend's driving? You be the seismometer, and find out whether your pal is a smooth sailor or a mover and shaker.
Each webcast, the Exploratorium staff and teachers demonstrate their science projects and compete for the title of IRON SCIENCE TEACHER!
Follow our crew as they visit the Dry Valleys and hike the slopes of volcanic Mt. Erebus.
Join expert Zolt Levay for a peek at the Hubble Telescope's photos.
Find out what's inside a floppy disk.
San Francisco was born in gold dust, and nearly died in rubble and ashes.
Experience the psychedelic visuals of the legendary Joshua Light Show.
Explore Saturn, its rings and moons, and see the latest images.
I movimenti dei tuoi occhi faranno brillare questo disegno.
Experience a sound collage with Jeffrey Alexander's piece "For Resonance."
Make your own refracting telescope from a pair of reading glasses.
Journey into Chaco Canyon, where ancient people built monuments to the cosmos. Journey to Chichén Itzá, where the Maya built monuments to the sun.
Pickling is the art of manipulating the microbial garden in foods.
It's not just the moon that causes ocean tides.
Follow filmmaker Paul Clipson as he captures the Exploratorium's waterfront site.
The fact and fiction behind some bizarre gardening remedies.
Chase the shadow of the rare total lunar eclipse.
Learn how eyes work, and watch a cow's eye dissection. Then follow step-by-step instructions to do a cow's eye dissection yourself.
Can a gum wrapper have a story? Discover just how important and meaningful an object can be.
by Kevin Boyd • November 10, 2015
A giant blob of warm water means no crab for Christmas.
What happens to meat when you cook it?
Take an animated tour of Antarctica's variety of ice formations, which give it a beauty unrivaled anywhere on Earth.
Is lithium restorative, toxic, or both? Find out here.
Take a virtual journey to the frog capital of the world, Rayne, Louisiana.
Get up close and personal with a sucrose molecule.
Measure the brightness of the sun using cooking oil and a white card.
Learn about the most important piece of equipment-- your feet!
Our reactions may be trained, but the devices that make music sound "sad" are real enough.
Hear audio clips of the ambient sounds of the rain forest at night near Arecibo, Puerto Rico.
by Sebastian • August 16, 2019
Introduce students to unique life science activities that let them work with our research-quality microscopic images and videos.
Get a taste of how the earth's plates move.
Bring movie, TV, and cartoon images to life.
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