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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 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.
Use printable images from our time-lapse movies to make flipbooks–handheld animations that you can make at home.
An introduction to spectra and to the space-based telescopes. The site includes a number of hands-on activities.
Two Vocal Visualizers are better than one.
Learn more about the process of making Champagne.
Measure your reaction time with just a meter stick and some help from a friend.
by Eileen Campbell • December 29, 2016
Read our picks for the Unsung Science stories of 2016.
Get outside and explore geometry (and other math) all around you.
by Kevin Boyd • November 10, 2015
A giant blob of warm water means no crab for Christmas.
Bring movie, TV, and cartoon images to life.
How do saltwater and freshwater in San Francisco Bay affect local ecosystems?
Tour the Breads of the World
Each webcast, the Exploratorium staff and teachers demonstrate their science projects and compete for the title of IRON SCIENCE TEACHER!
You may be surprised at the results of this "wimpy" workout.
Learn about the body's vital defense force.
This 2011 conference, hosted at the Exploratorium, explored the role aesthetic inquiry in public interdisciplinary environments.
Close your eyes – and open your ears.
Explore the unknown world inside your brain with these fun activities.
by Josh Bacigalupi • February 22, 2017
Adaptive Work is understanding in the face of Complexity.
Build a stripped-down motor, a simple, easy-to-make version of the electric motors found in toys, tools, and appliances.
Dive into compositions exploring ancient forms from Middle Eastern cultures.
The three most densely populated cities on the planet where seismologists expect major earthquakes are San Francisco, Tokyo, and Istanbul. Find out why the effects in each city will be very different.
Learn about the rovers that have been exploring Mars since 2004, and view the amazing images they've taken.
Meet a kinetic sculptor.
An incubator for innovative public space ideas, projects and news
Make your own miniature "Lava Lite."
Want to understand how to predict when the good waves are coming to your shore? It helps to start with the basics behind the formation of ocean waves.
by Eileen Campbell • February 22, 2016
What does it take to broadcast a live eclipse from remote locations?
Make a paper model that helps explain the changing tides.
See how 3D printing can be used to make art.
Explore iron, Earth’s most common element by mass.
Where is the Center of the Universe? Here, there, and everywhere.
Search a geological map of Ethiopia for fossils.
Experience A.J. Racy's compositions exploring ancient forms from Middle Eastern culture.
Resonate with Bosun's Bass, a sound work inspired by mariners' whistles.
See the JPL "sandbox" where robotic rovers are tested.
Experience the delicately crafted, otherworldly pop songs of French musician Colleen.
Los movimientos del ojo hacen parecer que el dise�o brilla.
Get to know the grandfather of all instruments: the pipe organ.
Build cantilevers from bamboo garden poles and drinking straws and discover the importance of scale.
Saving seeds helps preserve the culture of Native American farmers in the American Southwest and northern Mexico.
How do scientists establish the age of artifacts, rocks, and settlements?
An introduction to the concepts and theories that contribute to contemporary complexity research.
Listen to the sound of a rainstorm – anytime, anywhere.
Watch tiny blue, green, and white molds grow on leftover food.
Study ultraviolet radiation from the sun and other sources using UV beads.
Explore new social science exhibits at San Francisco’s Civic Center.
A bicycle, masking tape, paper, pencil, and a little curiosity are all you need to find out how the gears of a bicycle work.
Experience the thrill of Strandbeest: The Dream Machines of Theo Jansen.
What does it take to block gamma radiation?
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