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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.
You may be surprised at the results of this "wimpy" workout.
Make a crowd-pleasing noisemaker called a sound sandwich, which you can adjust to raise or lower its pitch.
Learn about the rovers that have been exploring Mars since 2004, and view the amazing images they've taken.
Make your own refracting telescope from a pair of reading glasses.
What happens to sandy or fine-grained soils when an earthquake shakes them up? Try this simple activity to find out.
Close your eyes and listen to tell where the paddle is when you play this all-listening version of the classic game Pong.
Using a simple trick of perspective, you can dress your friends in tiny cutout clothing.
Model ocean acidification with this simple experiment.
Meet a kinetic sculptor.
The frozen worlds of the Arctic and Antarctica
Activities and workshops for playful invention, investigation, and collaboration
How do you chase a comet—and how do you stop?
From May 20 to June 5 1997, we presented a webcast series exploring the art and science of severe storm visualization.
Explore mechanical elements such as cams, levers, and linkages to create your own moving sculpture.
Experience Guillermo Galindo's thoughts on his boundary-breaking musical works.
The more astronomy changes, the more it stays the same. This series of images juxtaposes ancient and modern study of the celestial bodies.
A little physics can go a long way on that shortboard.
Get to know the early electronic instrument the ondes Martenot.
An ordinary metal spoon can make some astounding sounds!
Come out to play on Seward Street concrete slides.
What's the difference between white meat and dark meat? Which animals have which and why?
by • July 3, 2015
Make your own liquid “fireworks” with this simple and safe activity.
Demonstrations of electric Robo-Cars made by 22 Science Summer students.
Come with us to Chaco Canyon in northwestern New Mexico, which is rich with thousand-year-old artifacts of the ancient Pueblo culture and contains sites that appear to have been astronomical observatories.
Explore our app and measure the time of your life.
Grow spikes of crystals in the sun.
The only continent without any countries or government . . .
Explore webcasts, stories, dispatches, photos, and articles of total and annular solar eclipses and transits.
Learn how some vibrant seniors exercise their minds, and find out what you can do to help your own memory.
Ever wonder what you might weigh on Mars or the moon? Here's your chance to find out.
Find out how this extreme sport is governed by the principles of momentum, gravity, friction, and centripetal force. Learn skateboarding history, technology, and more!
Split light using an outdated form of music storage.
Three auditory illusions created by students from the Center for Electronic Art.
Find out how your eyes work and watch a real dissection of a cow's eye.
Feel the beat of Oakland-based sound-making duo Black Spirituals
A do-it-yourself cartoon kit. It's easy to make pictures move!
Tour the Breads of the World
If you want to dig a ditch in the Arctic, you'd better bring more than a shovel.
by Liz Ball • September 14, 2017
Cassini prepares for the end of an era.
Experience A.J. Racy's compositions exploring ancient forms from Middle Eastern culture.
What kinds of candy are made and enjoyed in where you live?
Learn the science behind bad hair days, and learn how hair increases its length when humidity increases, making curly hair frizz and straight hair go limp.
See astounding musical instruments made by Bart Hopkin
Using a spectroscope, you may see that what appears to be a single color of light is really a combination of colors called a spectrum.
Use live data to make your own wave predictions, wherever you are.
Four downloadable workshop guides for teaching introductory genetics in a museum or other informal education setting.
Download a PDF file with step-by-step instructions for doing your own cow's eye dissection.
Music, fear, sadness all can cause goosebumps. But why?
The nearly ice-free Dry Valleys are an Antarctic anomaly, and Earth's closest equivalent to Mars.
Learn how Hubble Telescope scientists put together those lovely pictures.
Pickling is the art of manipulating the microbial garden in foods.
With a lens, you can bend light to make pictures of the world.
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