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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.
Build a bridge from a piece of paper and explore ways of making it stronger.
Can your eyes fool your nose? Find out with this experiment.
Step inside San Francisco's landmark camera obscura with operator Robert Tacchetto.
British artist Tim Hunkin discusses his whimsical Tinkerer's Clock.
Our reactions may be trained, but the devices that make music sound "sad" are real enough.
Close your eyes – and open your ears.
High energy prices got you down? Discover how pickles can ease your troubles.
How do you stop and steer a bicycle? What forces keep the bicycle from falling over?
Resonance live interview with artist Lisa Mezzacappa.
Lisa Miller is a mechanic and teacher who shows her auto shop students how to use their listening skills to fix cars.
Build a bridge out of newspaper and discover some important structural principles.
Read stories and see footage from the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake.
Shred like Jimi or twang like Johnny? Find out how.
Make a bird appear in a cage using only your eyes.
Get a behind-the-scenes look at activities and ideas we’re exploring.
A do-it-yourself cartoon kit. It's easy to make pictures move!
Does the sun rise in the east? Not exactly.
Track down elusive boron and its place in the periodic table.
In an earthquake, some older structures collapse and others stand tall. The difference is usually retrofitting.
Follow our crew as they visit the Dry Valleys and hike the slopes of volcanic Mt. Erebus.
Why is the bicycle the most efficient way to travel? Explore bicycle science and culture.
Get fired up about boron, the element used in some glass.
Journey into Chaco Canyon, where ancient people built monuments to the cosmos. Journey to Chichén Itzá, where the Maya built monuments to the sun.
Is lithium restorative, toxic, or both? Find out here.
The frozen worlds of the Arctic and Antarctica
How do different sounds combine to make the unique audio environments of specific places? Build the soundscapes of a beach and a train station.
Experience the thrilling improvisations of renowned cellist Okkyung Lee.
About Anaglyphs. How do I make 3-D glasses?
Learn how sparkling wine is made, what makes it different from still wine, and where all those little bubbles come from!
Using baking soda and vinegar, you can pop a plastic bag with the power of fizz.
Explore gluten, the substance that gives bread its structure.
Each webcast, the Exploratorium staff and teachers demonstrate their science projects and compete for the title of IRON SCIENCE TEACHER!
Consider decision-making for an aging population and its implications.
The more astronomy changes, the more it stays the same. This series of images juxtaposes ancient and modern study of the celestial bodies.
by Eileen Campbell • December 29, 2016
Read our picks for the Unsung Science stories of 2016.
Bone conduction is another pathway to listening.
Discover how researchers study climate change and examine the latest scientific data.
Not all bubbles are made with soap!
Buy discounted tickets online—hop-off at stop #3 to visit the Exploratorium.
Learn about the most important piece of equipment-- your feet!
In February 2009, the Exploratorium hosted Darwin Days, a series of presentations, debates, and discussions exploring the ways scientists continue to learn from and apply their knowledge of evolutionary biology to a broad range of pursuits.
Use the numbers on four cards to make up equations that equal the number on a fifth card.
A model for heart development
Use live data to check the weather in space, and learn how it can affect us here on earth.
Leonardo's famous painting is used in an interesting perceptual experiment.
Try your hand at explaining symbols both modern and ancient, and then make your own.
Walk the border with Guillermo Galindo's boundary-breaking artistic work.
Rub a balloon on your head, then watch a soda can race across the floor!
What happens to meat when you cook it?
Make amazing architecture with candy and toothpicks
Meet a kinetic sculptor.
by • July 3, 2015
Make your own liquid “fireworks” with this simple and safe activity.
Put your mind to tackling these classic engineering problems.
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