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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.
Experience A.J. Racy's compositions exploring ancient forms from Middle Eastern culture.
See how TV screens create images from many tiny colored dots of light.
Discover the secret colors hidden in black ink. With a paper towel, a black marker, and a cup of water, create a rainbow of colors while exploring capillary action and chromatography.
Listen to the story of Ladle Rat Rotten Hut.
From ceramics to cell phones, cobalt plays an important commercial role.
Learn how to bridge the digital generation gap
Explore the ideas behind Science of Sharing with these Activities.
Get to know the early electronic instrument the ondes Martenot.
Share some secret sounds with a friend.
by Rob Rothfarb • March 13, 2017
Using a software defined radio (SDR) and freely-available software, you can receive images directly from orbiting weather satellites.
Try these low-cost, teacher-tested activities for the classroom and the curious.
Shake up the art of mixology with the science behind it.
Watch ancient text revealed and read for the first time in a thousand years!
Kid-friendly explorations and experiments for curious minds.
The Science of Hockey takes you inside the sport and explains the science behind the world's fastest game. The site contains RealVideo interviews with scientists and NHL players and coaches.
Design and build a musical instrument that responds to changing light.
Use your naked egg to experiment with osmosis, the movement of water across a membrane.
Make a tool that lets you measure how tall a building is or how high a rocket flies.
by Mary Miller • April 19, 2017
Launch our new web app to explore environmental data.
Explore mechanical elements such as cams, levers, and linkages to create your own moving sculpture.
See what's on the Curiosity rover's tool belt.
Examine words from different languages and determine which two languages are the most closely related.
The Science Information Infrastructure (SII) is a collaboration among teachers and scientists. The SII at the Exploratorium is developing educational resources using NASA images and datasets.
Imagine yourself in the middle of the vast Pacific Ocean. You've been sailing for weeks, and there's no land in sight. Do you know where you are? Do you know which way to go?
Want to understand how to predict when the good waves are coming to your shore? It helps to start with the basics behind the formation of ocean waves.
Explore gluten, the substance that gives bread its structure.
Learn about the inner workings of a cell through this interactive exhibit.
Just how do we remember a face?
Make a simple musical instrument that sounds like a swarm of buzzing bees when you spin it around.
Get a glimpse of artist and physicist Theo Jansen's strandbeests.
Grow your own stalagmites in luscious colors.
by Sebastian • August 16, 2019
Listen to bird songs and try to figure out which are songs, which are companion calls, and which are alarms.
Explore the mysterious interactions between light and geography through the eyes and works of artists Charles Ross and James Turrell.
Take an animated tour of Antarctica's variety of ice formations, which give it a beauty unrivaled anywhere on Earth.
Your guide to the Northern and Southern Lights (also in 'Observatory')
Discover how researchers study climate change and examine the latest scientific data.
Each webcast, the Exploratorium staff and teachers demonstrate their science projects and compete for the title of IRON SCIENCE TEACHER!
From 1977 until 2003, the Exploratorium published a quarterly magazine. The Exploratorium Magazine Online is a companion to selected issues of the print magazine, providing key articles and activities and including multimedia features.
Human corpses decay alfresco, all in the name of forensic science.
Make an observatory to see the amazing colors in bubbles!
See a map of recent earthquakes in the United States, and learn why earthquakes happen so frequently on the West Coast.
An ordinary metal spoon can make some astounding sounds!
Make a piece of tinsel fly—learn how here.
Explore the scientific, historical, and cultural context behind a new opera about the first atomic bomb test.
Far north in the night sky, a faint glow appears on the horizon. Green and red flames of light stretch across the sky.
Can making up stories improve your memory? Try it!
Experience the end of the transit of Venus.
A multifaceted exhibition that explored genetics and the Human Genome Project from a variety of perspectives from April 8 to September 4, 1995.
Learn how eyes work, and watch a cow's eye dissection. Then follow step-by-step instructions to do a cow's eye dissection yourself.
There's more to polar ice than just frozen water. Learn about the many varieties of ice found at the poles and how and where they form.
by Josh Bacigalupi • February 22, 2017
Adaptive Work is understanding in the face of Complexity.
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