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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.
A do-it-yourself cartoon kit. It's easy to make pictures move!
Your thumb and index finger can help you test a steak's degree of doneness.
Teeth are the most common fossils found. What can they tell us?
Specialized cells have a common origin. What sets them on separate paths?
by Josh Bacigalupi • February 22, 2017
Adaptive Work is understanding in the face of Complexity.
The Physics of Skateboarding Tricks
Learn valuable graphing skills and learn about ozone chemistry.
by Eileen Campbell • February 15, 2017
Winter rains muddy the waters in the Bay.
Enjoy the cloudscape of China's Weizi Gorge.
Why do road bikes have thin tires, while mountain bikes have fat tires?
Produce some pretty mixed-up music with this online interactive.
See how well various materials conduct electricity and use Science Journal to explore your data.
The earth moves in mysterious ways
Listen to Wayne Grim's musical representation of the transit of Venus.
About Anaglyphs. How do I make 3-D glasses?
Touch supercooled water drops with an ice crystal and trigger them to freeze instantly.
Make a crowd-pleasing noisemaker called a sound sandwich, which you can adjust to raise or lower its pitch.
Experience this unique piece by Chloe Stamper, performed at Resonance.
Make a paper model that helps explain the changing tides.
Find out how proteins make muscles work in this original Exploratorium poster, illustrated by David Goodsell.
Use the Science Journal mobile app to investigate movement.
Uncover the everyday origins of some extraordinary instruments.
Go behind the scenes of Self, Made with its curators and advisors.
Get a behind-the-scenes look at activities and ideas we’re exploring.
Follow our crew as they visit the Dry Valleys and hike the slopes of volcanic Mt. Erebus.
Find out how this extreme sport is governed by the principles of momentum, gravity, friction, and centripetal force. Learn skateboarding history, technology, and more!
Use dominoes to model a nerve cell's transmission of a signal
Learn about oxygen and hydrogen after water has been separated.
Watch Theo Jansen prepare to release a strandbeest on the beach.
What's in that cup of coffee anyway? Find out about the history and chemistry of coffee.
Identify misalignments in your body by looking at your feet.
An introduction to the concepts and theories that contribute to contemporary complexity research.
Visit the Outdoor Exploratorium at Fort Mason to explore the science behind wind, waves, and more.
Grow spikes of crystals in the sun.
Enjoy the colors and textures of phenomena demonstrated by Exploratorium exhibits.
Use live data to make your own wave predictions, wherever you are.
Learn about the body's vital defense force.
Learn to throw a curveball, a slider, or even a screwball by throwing a Styrofoam ball.
Meditate on claiming what is truly ours in this world.
Take a peek at the colorful world of plant sex.
Meet a kinetic sculptor.
Scratch Film, also known as Direct Animation, is the process of drawing and scratching designs directly onto film.
Follow filmmaker Paul Clipson as he captures the Exploratorium's waterfront site.
Explore the places, people, tools, and ideas behind the origins of matter, the universe, and life itself.
What happens when two hockey players collide? Try our hockey collision calculator!
What do stem cells, fruit flies, and zebrafish look like under a microscope?
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.
British artist Tim Hunkin discusses his whimsical Tinkerer's Clock.
Separate light into colors with an old CD.
Buy discounted tickets online—hop-off at stop #3 to visit the Exploratorium.
Experiment with rhythm through stepping, a musical dance form that uses the body as a percussion instrument.
Learn how sparkling wine is made, what makes it different from still wine, and where all those little bubbles come from!
Bubbles are round when they float free through air. But what happens when you pack bubbles together?
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