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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.
Watch Reggie Watts share some of his feelings about Mars.
A model for heart development
Before there were clocks, people used shadows to tell time!
Fly through the air with the greatest of ease—on an airship.
What do plants know about numbers? Paul Dancstep investigates.
This series of activities explores those handiest of appendages, your hands.
The brightest buds get all the glory – but they're not just for show.
How do you chase a comet—and how do you stop?
Get caught up in the whimsy of the Tinkerer's Clock.
Peter Whitehead is an instrument builder, performer, and composer.
Staff member Vivian Altmann presents the "Snack" Water-Bottle Membranophone." Make some noise with simple materials.
Scientists dig under the surface for clues to past climate
by Eclipse Field Crew • February 29, 2016
Dispatches from our crew in Micronesia.
This ancient temple holds a secret...can you reveal the mystery?
View the night sky from any latitude on earth, and take a guided tour of the Hawaiian star families.
Students become Internet researchers and learn about NASA satellites.
What happens to meat when you cook it?
Pick one and guess the source
Shake it 'til you break it (or not).
Watch selections from the Kronos Quartet's performance at Resonance.
See for yourself how the tilt of the earth's axis results in what we experience as the seasons.
You can make a light painting with a light source, a darkened room, and a digital camera.
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?
In September 2004, the Exploratorium covered a conference in the Galapagos Islands, organized by the National Center for Atmospheric Research, that considered the implications of El Niño forecasting.
Reflect on the deeper significance of Soap Film Painting.
See living stem cells and find out why they are the "stem" from which all other cells develop.
See the JPL "sandbox" where robotic rovers are tested.
Make a simple rocket and a rocket launcher, and watch a demonstration of how the finished rocket will fly.
Use dominoes to model a nerve cell's transmission of a signal
Most people abhor the sound of their own recorded voice. So what are these recording devices doing to our voices to make them sound so awful?
Bring movie, TV, and cartoon images to life.
Get to know Pier 15, one of the greenest buildings around.
How do different sounds combine to make the unique audio environments of specific places? Build the soundscapes of a beach and a train station.
Are there meat by-products in makeup? Can you guess where you might find them?
Pickling is the art of manipulating the microbial garden in foods.
Bike builder David Folch makes supersized bikes for supersized riders.
Learn about common techniques for peering inside the body in order to diagnose disease and injury.
Attivita per le classi Elementari e Medie.
In Observance of the 50th Anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Listen to the sound of a rainstorm – anytime, anywhere.
Resonance live interview with artist Lisa Mezzacappa.
Open your eyes to "She Blinded Me With Science."
Explore the places, people, tools, and ideas behind the origins of matter, the universe, and life itself.
Decorate your white walls with rainbow colors!
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.
Explore the idiosyncrasies of strandbeest motion as one traverses the beach.
Close your eyes – and open your ears.
Watch tiny blue, green, and white molds grow on leftover food.
An evening of wine, food, and talk.
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