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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 interactive 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.
Explore the creative process behind Theo Jansen's extraordinary strandbeests.
Will the "real" South Pole please stand up?
Visit the European Organization for Nuclear Research, known as CERN, which studies what the universe is made of and how the universe works.
Scientists dig under the surface for clues to past climate
Turn your phone into a pocket science laboratory with tools to measure light, motion, sound, and more.
This stuff can't make up its mind -- is it a liquid or a solid?
Get a behind-the-scenes look at activities and ideas we’re exploring.
Amino acids and corn syrup combine to create new aromas.
With just mud, paper and an egg, you can grow colonies of multi-hued microbes!
Explore mechanical elements such as cams, levers, and linkages to create your own moving sculpture.
Scientific knowledge and a few chemical concoctions can get you through a Bad Hair Day.
Learn about the giants of the polar seas.
Listen as we demonstrate the meaning of sound jargon.
Experience this unique piece by Chloe Stamper, performed at Resonance.
Grow spikes of crystals in the sun.
Get an up-close view of the Galapagos Rift Zone.
Delve into The Freddy McGuire Show's unnerving multimedia art.
Heat-trapping gases play a major role in polar climate change.
See how well various materials conduct electricity and use Science Journal to explore your data.
Sometimes we can learn about outer space when space objects come to us.
Experience the thrill of Strandbeest: The Dream Machines of Theo Jansen.
Build a tool that lets you do estimates using your own feet.
Immerse yourself in visual storytelling that extends beyond theater walls.
Learn about the body's vital defense force.
Your brain is always looking for blank spaces and filling them in. Sometimes, your brain leaps to the wrong conclusion. Then you get a surprise!
Check in on the fifth annual Science of Cocktails event.
Teeth are the most common fossils found. What can they tell us?
Find a friend and try this sound localization experiement
Does the sun rise in the east? Not exactly.
Each webcast, the Exploratorium staff and teachers demonstrate their science projects and compete for the title of IRON SCIENCE TEACHER!
Think you have a lot in common with a kiwi fruit? Genetically speaking, you do.
Groove to Thomas Dolby with "She Blinded Me With Science."
Explore the places, people, tools, and ideas behind the origins of matter, the universe, and life itself.
Learn to measure the efficiency of a solar cell.
Specialized cells have a common origin. What sets them on separate paths?
With a lens, you can bend light to make pictures of the world.
This 2011 conference, hosted at the Exploratorium, explored the role aesthetic inquiry in public interdisciplinary environments.
Experience the end of the transit of Venus.
Explore new social science exhibits at San Francisco’s Civic Center.
by Kevin Boyd • November 10, 2015
A giant blob of warm water means no crab for Christmas.
An inside look at a chicken's egg.
What time is it on Mars?
Join an interview with avant-garde percussionist Susie Ibarra.
By passing the winter frozen as solid as a holiday fruit cake, the wood frog breaks all rules. Scientists hoping to preserve human organs are paying close attention.
Share some secret sounds with a friend.
Study ultraviolet radiation from the sun and other sources using UV beads.
Bay Area composer Eric Glick Rieman discusses his wide-ranging pieces.
Hike with artist Harrell Fletcher from the Exploratorium to Mount Diablo.
Model ocean acidification with this simple experiment.
Get mesmerized by choreographer Alonzo King and soundscape artist Bernie Krause.
A model for heart development
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