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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.
Grow spikes of crystals in the sun.
Downloadable media about earthquake science.
Explore systems over extremes of time and space with Jem Finer.
Visit Las Cuevas Research Station in Belize and the Natural History Museum in London to learn about the study of biodiversity.
High energy prices got you down? Discover how pickles can ease your troubles.
Where are you in infinity? Try the Infinity Room.
Explore new social science exhibits at San Francisco’s Civic Center.
Make amazing architecture with candy and toothpicks
Explore a timeline of homind fossils.
Get to know magnesium and its reactive, life-giving properties.
Four times over 100-plus years, major initiatives have brought together scientists from around the globe to collaboratively study the poles.
Grow your own stalagmites in luscious colors.
Make a paper model that helps explain the changing tides.
What do you really know about what you see?
This stuff can't make up its mind -- is it a liquid or a solid?
Grow marshmallows to monstrous proportions!
Get fired up about boron, the element used in some glass.
Explore the mythological significance of frogs in cultures around the world.
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.
The more astronomy changes, the more it stays the same. This series of images juxtaposes ancient and modern study of the celestial bodies.
Most paper airplanes are flat, but these paper hoops can really fly!
Make a "water sandwich" and see how it interacts with light.
Watch contemporary musicians and sound artists perform and discuss their work.
The untold stories behind scientific discovery.
Resonate with Bosun's Bass, a sound work inspired by mariners' whistles.
Reflect on the deeper significance of Soap Film Painting.
What is a gear ratio? And how do gears help make the bicycle so efficient?
Explore the important engineering concepts of yield strength, ultimate strength, and elasticity as they relate to building a better bicycle.
Use live data to check the weather in space, and learn how it can affect us here on earth.
You may be surprised at the results of this "wimpy" workout.
Explore Zinc's key role in maintaining human health.
Relive the excitement of the Mars rover landing.
anatomy of a skateboard, skateboard tricks, types of skateboarding, physics glossary.
Hear from Theo Jansen how the strandbeests' feet have changed and why.
Get a taste of how the earth's plates move.
A brief introduction to the land of the midnight sun.
Follow our crew as they visit the Dry Valleys and hike the slopes of volcanic Mt. Erebus.
A collection of auditory illusions found in indigenous folk practices, popular music, and scientific research.
Pick one and guess the source
by Adam Esposito • June 29, 2015
Jupiter and Venus pass each other in sky this week.
Shred like Jimi or twang like Johnny? Find out how.
Hear tales of visual-effects adventure from ILM's Lorne Peterson.
Immerse yourself in Matthew Goodheart's performance for our Resonance series.
Enjoy the cloudscape of China's Weizi Gorge.
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?
Explore cantilevers and other structures by building with skewers.
Just how much fat is in ground beef? You may be surprised.
Saving seeds helps preserve the culture of Native American farmers in the American Southwest and northern Mexico.
Learn how sparkling wine is made, what makes it different from still wine, and where all those little bubbles come from!
by Eileen Campbell • February 15, 2017
Winter rains muddy the waters in the Bay.
by • July 3, 2015
Make your own liquid “fireworks” with this simple and safe activity.
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