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Try this collection of prompts for tinkering at home.
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.
Shake up soil and water to see liquefaction at work.
Humpbacks, minkes, and orcas are often sighted in the nutrient-rich Antarctic waters.
Explore the places, people, tools, and ideas behind the origins of matter, the universe, and life itself.
Get a sneak peek of the InSight Mars mission.
Can't decide if you're sandy or silty? Try this simple test.
The brightest buds get all the glory – but they're not just for show.
Get to know the tiny "astronauts" known as tardigrades.
Be mesmerized by the PVC structure that allows Strandbeests to walk.
by Mary Miller • February 24, 2016
The world's oceans are losing oxygen, thanks to climate changes.
Can you believe your eyes?
Explore the science of music with us, through these online exhibits, movies, and questions.
Turn your phone into a pocket science laboratory with tools to measure light, motion, sound, and more.
Discover how researchers study climate change and examine the latest scientific data.
Journey into Chaco Canyon, where ancient people built monuments to the cosmos. Journey to Chichén Itzá, where the Maya built monuments to the sun.
by Eileen Campbell • July 8, 2017
Watch the moon pass through its phases as we count down to the total solar eclipse. Tonight: a full moon.
What do you really know about what you see?
Explore new social science exhibits at San Francisco’s Civic Center.
Watch old pennies turn bright and shiny right before your eyes!
Watch Venus travel in front of the sun.
Si mira fijamente este punto por algunos momentos, éste desaparece.
Does the sun rise in the east? Not exactly.
Relive the excitement of the Mars rover landing.
Find your rhythm—or bring to life the music in your head.
Activities and workshops for playful invention, investigation, and collaboration
Explore the process of extracting DNA from Neanderthal bones.
Touch supercooled water drops with an ice crystal and trigger them to freeze instantly.
Discover the difference between taste and smell.
by • March 8, 2016
The 63-hour journey from San Francisco to Woleai covered 7,153 miles.
Can you tell the difference between human and nonhuman embryos?
Land of ice and people
Use dominoes to model a nerve cell's transmission of a signal
Take a virtual journey to the frog capital of the world, Rayne, Louisiana.
With a lens, you can bend light to make pictures of the world.
You may be surprised at the results of this "wimpy" workout.
A do-it-yourself cartoon kit. It's easy to make pictures move!
Explore mechanical elements such as cams, levers, and linkages to create your own moving sculpture.
Heat-trapping gases play a major role in polar climate change.
Explore some ways in which the democratic process can go wrong.
Cuatro exposiciones lo suficientemente pequeñas para caber en tarjetas postales.
Rube Goldberg-inspired cause and effect contraptions using everyday materials and found objects.
Listen to bird songs and try to figure out which are songs, which are companion calls, and which are alarms.
We Moved! Follow Us to San Francisco’s Historic Waterfront
Take a hands-on look at the science of cocktails.
Open a celestial and technological time capsule—watch this eclipse webcast.
Experiment with rhythm through stepping, a musical dance form that uses the body as a percussion instrument.
Crabeaters have extraordinary teeth, Weddells are downright cute, and leopards are as fierce as their namesake
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