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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 brief history of Chichen Itza.
See a map of recent earthquakes in the United States, and learn why earthquakes happen so frequently on the West Coast.
Experience Miwa Matreyek's wondrous journeys at our Pier 15 opening.
Visit the Outdoor Exploratorium at Fort Mason to explore the science behind wind, waves, and more.
Experience the waving, wavering motion of the LIGO wall.
Explore the unknown world inside your brain with these fun activities.
Why do teens take risks, and what do our notions of risk tell us about the dangers of growing up?
How are creative investigations sparked? What does a state of inspiration feel like? Can inspiration be transmitted from person to person? Join us for an audio slideshow series that explores the fascinating world of how we work creatively.
Take a microscopic tour of the staff of life.
Modelos plásticos huecos del aparato vocal humano convierten el graznido de un pato en sonidos de vocales.
by Eileen Campbell • August 19, 2016
On August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will cross the continental USA. You want to be there to see it!
Enjoy the immediacy and immersive storytelling of this cinematic collaboration.
Learn about the giants of the polar seas.
Brush up on the basics of Mars and Mars rovers.
Make your own refracting telescope from a pair of reading glasses.
Explore the places, people, tools, and ideas behind the origins of matter, the universe, and life itself.
Explore mechanical elements such as cams, levers, and linkages to create your own moving sculpture.
Experience the end of the transit of Venus.
See astounding musical instruments made by Bart Hopkin
What does it take to block gamma radiation?
Think you have a lot in common with a kiwi fruit? Genetically speaking, you do.
Are you spinning in circles, or is it the world that's moving?
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.
A brief introduction to the land of the midnight sun.
Get caught up in the whimsy of the Tinkerer's Clock.
The lure of Terra Australis Incognita begins with the Ancient Greeks and ends with modern cruise ships.
Use dominoes to model a nerve cell's transmission of a signal
On Saturday, May 6th, 2000 we hosted a live panel discussion and webcast to explore the amazing phenomena of Star Trek.
A do-it-yourself cartoon kit. It's easy to make pictures move!
by Paul Doherty • February 29, 2016
Teaching students in Yap, Micronesia, about eclipses and sun-viewing safety.
by Eileen Campbell • February 15, 2017
Winter rains muddy the waters in the Bay.
Is there life on Mars? Our best evidence so far is a baked-potato-sized chunk of rock found in Antarctica.
Watch selections from the Kronos Quartet's performance at Resonance.
Using baking soda and vinegar, you can pop a plastic bag with the power of fizz.
Could your own brain betray you?
Learn about the body's vital defense force.
They're a menace to ships, but life thrives in these frozen oases.
What can you do with a frozen water balloon? Plenty!
Learn why the colors on a soap film develop and change.
Baltimore-based musician Dan Deacon connects the audience to the player-piano.
Ensure a successful ocean acidification experiment with these teaching tips.
Make a tool that lets you measure how tall a building is or how high a rocket flies.
Far north in the night sky, a faint glow appears on the horizon. Green and red flames of light stretch across the sky.
Follow along with expedition leader Bob Ballard and his crew on the exploration vessel Nautilus as they search for hydrothermal vents, underwater volcanoes, and ancient shipwrecks.
Watch Reggie Watts improvise a song about visiting Mars (or not).
Remote sensing allows geologists to peek under the ice – and find a big surprise.
Use wind to power a motor and light an LED.
by Eileen Campbell • December 29, 2016
Read our picks for the Unsung Science stories of 2016.
How do scientists establish the age of artifacts, rocks, and settlements?
Learn about oxygen and hydrogen after water has been separated.
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