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Science of Water: Food Explore water's crucial role in food and cooking.
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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
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Activities and History
Play with the stuff that makes dough stretchy.
Find out what all that fiddling around before a concert is really about.
Try these low-cost, teacher-tested activities for the classroom and the curious.
A model for heart development
Use dominoes to model a nerve cell's transmission of a signal
Dig into the succulent science of making things grow.
Watch old pennies turn bright and shiny right before your eyes!
Amino acids and corn syrup combine to create new aromas.
Rock out with renowned San Francisco band The Residents.
What's really going on when you bake? Find out.
Meet a kinetic sculptor.
Ensure a successful ocean acidification experiment with these teaching tips.
Why is the bicycle the most efficient way to travel? Explore bicycle science and culture.
On Saturday, May 6th, 2000 we hosted a live panel discussion and webcast to explore the amazing phenomena of Star Trek.
Learn valuable graphing skills and learn about ozone chemistry.
Remote sensing allows geologists to peek under the ice – and find a big surprise.
Grow spikes of crystals in the sun.
Get to know automata maker Kazu Harada's artistic journey.
How many objects can you follow at once?
Put your mind to tackling these classic engineering problems.
Make an observatory to see the amazing colors in bubbles!
Experience Wayne Grim's sonification of the transit of Venus.
See how we cut the Exploratorium in two for seismic safety.
Discover the uncommon stories behind the most common fruits and vegetables.
Get your ringing questions about sound answered here.
Journey into Chaco Canyon, where ancient people built monuments to the cosmos. Journey to Chichén Itzá, where the Maya built monuments to the sun.
Learn about the most important piece of equipment-- your feet!
What's the difference between white meat and dark meat? Which animals have which and why?
This series of activities explores those handiest of appendages, your hands.
In Observance of the 50th Anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
A do-it-yourself cartoon kit. It's easy to make pictures move!
Who lives in the Arctic, and how did they get there?
Go deep into the development of our Give Heart Cells a Beat exhibit.
Enjoy the colors and textures of phenomena demonstrated by Exploratorium exhibits.
Use wind to power a motor and light an LED.
A trash-filled median blossoms into a community oasis.
Scientists dig under the surface for clues to past climate
How do different sounds combine to make the unique audio environments of specific places? Build the soundscapes of a beach and a train station.
Use your naked egg to experiment with osmosis, the movement of water across a membrane.
Share some secret sounds with a friend.
A fish-eye view of the brain
Learn how sparkling wine is made, what makes it different from still wine, and where all those little bubbles come from!
Experience the slow majesty of the transit of Venus.
Explore the relationship between an object's volume and its weight.
An introduction to the concepts and theories that contribute to contemporary complexity research.
Get messy with ExploraGoo and Outrageous Ooze! Get airborne with the Fabulous Foam Flyer! Get loud with the Water Gong or Straw Oboe!
Search a geological map of Ethiopia for fossils.
Investigate the interior angles of polygons with your feet.
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