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Try this collection of prompts for tinkering at home.
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.
Share some secret sounds with a friend.
Check out efforts to restore California’s native steelhead and salmon.
Turn your phone into a pocket science laboratory with tools to measure light, motion, sound, and more.
Dive into compositions exploring ancient forms from Middle Eastern cultures.
Find out why wind resistance is a big drag for bicyclists, and use our calculator to estimate drag for yourself.
Imagine yourself in the middle of the vast Pacific Ocean. You've been sailing for weeks, and there's no land in sight. Do you know where you are? Do you know which way to go?
What kinds of candy are made and enjoyed in where you live?
Will the "real" South Pole please stand up?
Far north in the night sky, a faint glow appears on the horizon. Green and red flames of light stretch across the sky.
Journey into Chaco Canyon, where ancient people built monuments to the cosmos. Journey to Chichén Itzá, where the Maya built monuments to the sun.
Explore the idiosyncrasies of strandbeest motion as one traverses the beach.
Learn how wind energy is generated and stored at Altamont Pass.
Explore mechanical elements such as cams, levers, and linkages to create your own moving sculpture.
Use dominoes to model a nerve cell's transmission of a signal
Meet a kinetic sculptor.
Make your own refracting telescope from a pair of reading glasses.
The untold stories behind scientific discovery.
Explore the surprising side of color.
Go into the studio with some of the automata artists from our Curious Contraptions exhibition.
What can you do with a frozen water balloon? Plenty!
by Liz Ball • September 14, 2017
Cassini prepares for the end of an era.
Pickling is the art of manipulating the microbial garden in foods.
Add a magnet to your solution and see what happens.
What's really going on when you bake? Find out.
Our collaboration with Public Radio International's The World. With Public Radio International, we're taking technology news beyond the headlines.
Get a taste of how the earth's plates move.
Observe Theo Jansen and a strandbeest strolling on a sunny beach.
Listen to internationally recognized authorities on human thought and behavior, including Temple Grandin and Paul Ekman.
The common ground between pickles, cheese, bread, wine, and many other foods.
View the full eclipse visible from China in 2008.
High energy prices got you down? Discover how pickles can ease your troubles.
In Balancing Ball, high pressure keeps a beach ball aloft.
Try your hand at explaining symbols both modern and ancient, and then make your own.
Your thumb and index finger can help you test a steak's degree of doneness.
Find out why biodiversity benefits plants and people alike.
Close your eyes and listen to tell where the paddle is when you play this all-listening version of the classic game Pong.
In 2009, the ECHO (Education through Cultural and Historical Organizations) Partners hosted a national symposium held at the Exploratorium to discuss the effects of climate change on the planet. You can watch archived webcasts of the symposium.
Here's how you can model the use of X rays for medical examinations with some sand and a piece of screen.
Learn why the colors on a soap film develop and change.
Discover the artistry behind some of cinema's most iconic scenes.
Explore the science behind food and cooking with recipes, activities, and archived Webcasts.
Search a geological map of Ethiopia for fossils.
Meteor, meteorite, meteoroid – what's the difference?
Exploring the diversity, distribution, and abundance of life in the oceans
fat, proteins, collagen, and more
Bone conduction is another pathway to listening.
Learn about the body's vital defense force.
If you're a patient gardener, you can grow your own hybrid flowers.
Lisa Mezzacappa presents ORGANELLE, a musical exploration of time.
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