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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 interactive 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.
Grow spikes of crystals in the sun.
Recycle a potato chip can into a simple camera.
See a map of recent earthquakes in the United States, and learn why earthquakes happen so frequently on the West Coast.
Each webcast, the Exploratorium staff and teachers demonstrate their science projects and compete for the title of IRON SCIENCE TEACHER!
Learn about the inner workings of a cell through this interactive exhibit.
Lisa Miller is a mechanic and teacher who shows her auto shop students how to use their listening skills to fix cars.
Amino acids and corn syrup combine to create new aromas.
The more astronomy changes, the more it stays the same. This series of images juxtaposes ancient and modern study of the celestial bodies.
What happens to a cylinder when you scale it up?
What do you really know about what you see?
In February 2009, the Exploratorium hosted Darwin Days, a series of presentations, debates, and discussions exploring the ways scientists continue to learn from and apply their knowledge of evolutionary biology to a broad range of pursuits.
Complete an electrical circuit with your body and explore ways to control the flow of electricity.
Separate light into colors with an old CD.
Get to know the grandfather of all instruments: the pipe organ.
Try these low-cost, teacher-tested activities for the classroom and the curious.
Get mesmerized by choreographer Alonzo King and soundscape artist Bernie Krause.
Watch ancient text revealed and read for the first time in a thousand years!
Can a gum wrapper have a story? Discover just how important and meaningful an object can be.
Learn about the giants of the polar seas.
Learn to count like the Maya by studying one of their ancient stone documents.
Go behind the scenes of Self, Made with its curators and advisors.
Meet Matt Smith, an automata artist showcased at the Curious Contraptions exhibition.
Teeth are the most common fossils found. What can they tell us?
Resonance live interview with artist Lisa Mezzacappa.
See living stem cells and find out why they are the "stem" from which all other cells develop.
Explore the Traits of Life exhibition space using this 360˚ panorama.
Enjoy the colors and textures of phenomena demonstrated by Exploratorium exhibits.
What happens to sandy or fine-grained soils when an earthquake shakes them up? Try this simple activity to find out.
Does the sun rise in the east? Not exactly.
Take a peek at the colorful world of plant sex.
Can you tell the difference between human and nonhuman embryos?
The untold stories behind scientific discovery.
Make a simple rocket and a rocket launcher, and watch a demonstration of how the finished rocket will fly.
Here's how you can model the use of X rays for medical examinations with some sand and a piece of screen.
Stories about science, art, and human perception—from 1998.
Explore the scientific, historical, and cultural context behind a new opera about the first atomic bomb test.
A brief introduction to the land of the midnight sun.
Read stories and see footage from the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake.
Why do teens take risks, and what do our notions of risk tell us about the dangers of growing up?
Learn to throw a curveball, a slider, or even a screwball by throwing a Styrofoam ball.
Pull up a chair and dive into Middle Ground.
by Rob Rothfarb • May 3, 2010
How do you stop and steer a bicycle? What forces keep the bicycle from falling over?
Find out about bicycle brakes and balance, and calculate your stopping distance on a bicycle.
How do scientists establish the age of artifacts, rocks, and settlements?
What happens to meat when you cook it?
Listen to bird songs and try to figure out which are songs, which are companion calls, and which are alarms.
Add and subtract colors to learn about human perception.
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