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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 hands-on 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.
Let hydrogen start your journey through the periodic table.
by • July 3, 2015
Make your own liquid “fireworks” with this simple and safe activity.
Can you believe your eyes?
Go deep with the Oakland-based sound-making duo Black Spirituals.
See the JPL "sandbox" where robotic rovers are tested.
Explore Saturn, its rings and moons, and see the latest images.
One man's journey into blindness
A drop of water makes a fine magnifying lens.
You may be surprised at the results of this "wimpy" workout.
Learn how to use physics to distinguish between raw eggs and hard-cooked eggs.
Wind tubes are a playful and inventive way to explore the effect that moving air has on objects.
A Scribbling Machine is a motorized contraption that moves in unusual ways and leaves a mark to trace it's path.
Not all bubbles are made with soap!
A brief history of Chichen Itza.
Students become Internet researchers and learn about NASA satellites.
Search a geological map of Ethiopia for fossils.
Explore new social science exhibits at San Francisco’s Civic Center.
Where is the Center of the Universe? Here, there, and everywhere.
Consider the ethics and legal ramifications of physician aid in dying.
Geometry Playground will change the way you think about geometry. This exhibition engages your hands, brain, and body in playful investigations of this most visible branch of math.
Flying tinsel isn't magic—it's repelling electrostatic charges.
How do scientists establish the age of artifacts, rocks, and settlements?
Activités pour la classe élémentaire.
How can forensic science become more scientific?
Discover music where you never expected to find it.
A collection of auditory illusions found in indigenous folk practices, popular music, and scientific research.
Watch Venus travel in front of the sun.
Watch a magnet repel a grape and consider different types of magnetism.
Listen to bird songs and try to figure out which are songs, which are companion calls, and which are alarms.
See for yourself how the tilt of the earth's axis results in what we experience as the seasons.
We can't predict when an earthquake will occur, but we can avoid some potential disasters.
Why is the bicycle the most efficient way to travel? Explore bicycle science and culture.
Visit the beating heart of the Exploratorium—our shop.
Amino acids and corn syrup combine to create new aromas.
by Eileen Campbell • December 29, 2016
Read our picks for the Unsung Science stories of 2016.
Demonstrations of electric Robo-Cars made by 22 Science Summer students.
Make your own refracting telescope from a pair of reading glasses.
Activities and History
Explore the places, people, tools, and ideas behind the origins of matter, the universe, and life itself.
Specialized cells have a common origin. What sets them on separate paths?
Can't decide if you're sandy or silty? Try this simple test.
The fruit flies in this exhibit show just a few of the mutations that occur in natural fruit fly populations.
With a lens, you can bend light to make pictures of the world.
Pickling is the art of manipulating the microbial garden in foods.
by Sebastian • August 16, 2019
Polarized light passing through sugar, water "rotates" to reveal beautiful colors.
Feel the weight of the atmosphere—plus a little extra.
Watch tiny blue, green, and white molds grow on leftover food.
Learn how Hubble Telescope scientists put together those lovely pictures.
Check in on the fifth annual Science of Cocktails event.
Music, fear, sadness all can cause goosebumps. But why?
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