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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.
Darkening polar skies often bring beautiful light displays.
See living stem cells and find out why they are the "stem" from which all other cells develop.
Turn a flickering light into a complete image in your eye.
Grow spikes of crystals in the sun.
Discover the difference between taste and smell.
Get to know the grandfather of all instruments: the pipe organ.
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.
At Black Sand, see the shape of an invisible magnetic field.
Get mesmerized by choreographer Alonzo King and soundscape artist Bernie Krause.
See for yourself how the tilt of the earth's axis results in what we experience as the seasons.
Learn about the search for life elsewhere in the universe.
Go back to the roots of Resonance, our evening music series.
Watch Reggie Watts improvise a song about visiting Mars (or not).
What do you really know about what you see?
Cells behaving badly
Join curator Marina McDougall for a conversation with photographer Lena Herzog.
For most of us, science arrives in our lives packaged neatly as fact. But how did it get that way?
Explore the ideas behind Science of Sharing with these Activities.
Learn how Hubble Telescope scientists put together those lovely pictures.
Exploring the diversity, distribution, and abundance of life in the oceans
Explore the ancient knowledge of the Maya, who built sophisticated monuments to the sun.
See why these beautiful flowers have attracted generations of admirers.
Take a microscopic tour of the staff of life.
Watch old pennies turn bright and shiny right before your eyes!
Explore webcasts, stories, dispatches, photos, and articles of total and annular solar eclipses and transits.
Make a simple rocket and a rocket launcher, and watch a demonstration of how the finished rocket will fly.
Who lives in the Arctic, and how did they get there?
Follow filmmaker Paul Clipson as he captures the Exploratorium's waterfront site.
Join us as we crunch our way through everything from our San Francisco sourdough to Injera and Pugliese.
Just how much fat is in ground beef? You may be surprised.
Buy discounted tickets online—hop-off at stop #3 to visit the Exploratorium.
Realtime data, more about earthquake dynamics, and loads of other information.
WHOOSH! Leander Robinson gives the details on Stanford Hospital's pneumatic system.
Explore graphing, angles, and storytelling by building a seesaw for your smartphone.
Close your eyes – and open your ears.
Experience the thrill of Strandbeest: The Dream Machines of Theo Jansen.
These unique – and uniquely beautiful – seal species spend their lives amid the sea ice
Can you trust your own memory? Find out with this activity.
Rube Goldberg-inspired cause and effect contraptions using everyday materials and found objects.
Watch Venus travel in front of the sun.
Learn about scale and structure with eight great activities designed for the elementary classroom.
Can't decide if you're sandy or silty? Try this simple test.
anatomy of a skateboard, skateboard tricks, types of skateboarding, physics glossary.
Teeth are the most common fossils found. What can they tell us?
Explore why different soap films are different colors.
When you ride a bike in a straight line, you must make many minor corrections in order to stay upright.
Can you take a sip of water from a cup with your eyes closed?
Download a PDF file with step-by-step instructions for doing your own cow's eye dissection.
You may be surprised at the results of this "wimpy" workout.
Artist Bob Miller's Light Walk at the Exploratorium will change the way you look at light, shadow, and images.
High energy prices got you down? Discover how pickles can ease your troubles.
Turn your phone into a pocket science laboratory with tools to measure light, motion, sound, and more.
Humpbacks, minkes, and orcas are often sighted in the nutrient-rich Antarctic waters.
Demonstrations of electric Robo-Cars made by 22 Science Summer students.
See a map of recent earthquakes in the United States, and learn why earthquakes happen so frequently on the West Coast.
See how our location over San Francisco Bay helps save energy.
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