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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.
A trash-filled median blossoms into a community oasis.
Find out why biodiversity benefits plants and people alike.
Visit the otherworldly wind turbines of the Altamont Pass.
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.
What can you do with a frozen water balloon? Plenty!
Make a scale model of the Solar System and learn the REAL definition of "space."
Take a hands-on look at the science of cocktails.
by Eileen Campbell • February 15, 2017
Winter rains muddy the waters in the Bay.
Rainbows on the ceiling, rainbows on the floor.
Use this handy conversion calculator to convert between the many units found in recipes.
Behold beryllium, and find out why it's both prized and poisonous.
We can't predict when an earthquake will occur, but we can avoid some potential disasters.
Four downloadable workshop guides for teaching introductory genetics in a museum or other informal education setting.
Fly through the air with the greatest of ease—on an airship.
What's at fault?
Seasoned gardeners depend on a community of bacteria, worms, and insects to get the most out of their plantings. Find out why.
Why are San Francisco summers so foggy?
Learn about the furiously reactive element fluorine.
Can you believe your eyes?
Consider the possible effects of early Alzheimer's diagnosis.
Make a simple rocket and a rocket launcher, and watch a demonstration of how the finished rocket will fly.
Explore the ancient knowledge of the Maya, who built sophisticated monuments to the sun.
How do you stop and steer a bicycle? What forces keep the bicycle from falling over?
A physicist, a scientist, and a musician experiment with sound, music, and acoustics using instruments both real and found.
Journey into Chaco Canyon, where ancient people built monuments to the cosmos. Journey to Chichén Itzá, where the Maya built monuments to the sun.
Explore sound waves in this resonant presentation.
Watch contemporary musicians and sound artists perform and discuss their work.
Is it just a glorified plank with roller skate wheels on it? Or is it a highly engineered device through which kids have reclaimed the urban landscape, bringing creativity and style back to the sterile asphalt spaces of sprawl?
Listen to bird songs and try to figure out which are songs, which are companion calls, and which are alarms.
Why do teens take risks, and what do our notions of risk tell us about the dangers of growing up?
Grow your own stalagmites in luscious colors.
Find links relevant to research at the poles.
Are you spinning in circles, or is it the world that's moving?
Watch the entire 2016 total solar eclipse in Micronesia.
Find out about bicycle brakes and balance, and calculate your stopping distance on a bicycle.
Learn how some vibrant seniors exercise their minds, and find out what you can do to help your own memory.
Pickling is the art of manipulating the microbial garden in foods.
Scratch Film, also known as Direct Animation, is the process of drawing and scratching designs directly onto film.
What is the value of something lost—then found again?
How can forensic science become more scientific?
Experiment with rhythm through stepping, a musical dance form that uses the body as a percussion instrument.
There are about 500 dispatches from scientists working in the Arctic and Antarctica, along with original videos, photos, webcasts, and articles.
Activités pour la classe élémentaire.
Explore the surprising side of color.
Get some teaching tips and extension ideas for Flying Tinsel.
Will the "real" South Pole please stand up?
Get to know the tiny "astronauts" known as tardigrades.
What geometric shapes can you find on the playground?
Where is the Center of the Universe? Here, there, and everywhere.
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