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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.
Want to see where the biggest quakes have been this week? Follow a few of the links below to see what's shaking in your neighborhood and around the world.
Get some teaching tips and extension ideas for Flying Tinsel.
Find out about bicycle brakes and balance, and calculate your stopping distance on a bicycle.
Get a taste of how the earth's plates move.
A trash-filled median blossoms into a community oasis.
An incubator for innovative public space ideas, projects and news
Learn how Hubble Telescope scientists put together those lovely pictures.
Using a simple trick of perspective, you can dress your friends in tiny cutout clothing.
Why is your shadow longer in winter than in summer? Grab a basketball and some paperclips and find out!
See a map of recent earthquakes in the United States, and learn why earthquakes happen so frequently on the West Coast.
Get mesmerized by choreographer Alonzo King and soundscape artist Bernie Krause.
Learn about common electrical systems in our brains and fast-moving plants.
With a lens, you can bend light to make pictures of the world.
Feel the weight of the atmosphere—plus a little extra.
Visit the Outdoor Exploratorium at Fort Mason to explore the science behind wind, waves, and more.
Explore the unknown world inside your brain with these fun activities.
Make a scale model of the Solar System and learn the REAL definition of "space."
Go deep into the development of our Give Heart Cells a Beat exhibit.
Check out efforts to restore California’s native steelhead and salmon.
Delve into The Freddy McGuire Show's unnerving multimedia art.
Identify misalignments in your body by looking at your feet.
Everyone seems to love the sound of their own voice in the shower. That's because a simple shower stall produces some complex sound-altering effects.
Why do road bikes have thin tires, while mountain bikes have fat tires?
A window on regeneration
Search a geological map of Ethiopia for fossils.
Summertime in the Arctic is for the birds
How do you stop and steer a bicycle? What forces keep the bicycle from falling over?
Explore the mysterious interactions between light and geography through the eyes and works of artists Charles Ross and James Turrell.
Get to know automata maker Kazu Harada's artistic journey.
Discover the ingenious fixes and unexpected materials behind iconic movie scenes.
Visit Las Cuevas Research Station in Belize and the Natural History Museum in London to learn about the study of biodiversity.
Measure the brightness of the sun using cooking oil and a white card.
A do-it-yourself cartoon kit. It's easy to make pictures move!
Activities and History
Hear from Theo Jansen how the strandbeests' feet have changed and why.
Learn about common techniques for peering inside the body in order to diagnose disease and injury.
Find out how this extreme sport is governed by the principles of momentum, gravity, friction, and centripetal force. Learn skateboarding history, technology, and more!
Is there life on Mars? Our best evidence so far is a baked-potato-sized chunk of rock found in Antarctica.
What do you really know about what you see?
Imaginative Designs in Digital and Analog Clothing
A multifaceted exhibition that explored genetics and the Human Genome Project from a variety of perspectives from April 8 to September 4, 1995.
What's the science behind a home run? Why do curveballs curve? Learn about the game from players from the S.F. Giants & Oakland A's.
Play a memory concentration game: Listen closely then match pairs of sounds.
Can you trust your own memory? Find out with this activity.
An ordinary metal spoon can make some astounding sounds!
How does drafting help a cyclist? What is skin friction?
Shred like Jimi or twang like Johnny? Find out how.
Humpbacks, minkes, and orcas are often sighted in the nutrient-rich Antarctic waters.
See astounding musical instruments made by Bart Hopkin
Why are San Francisco summers so foggy?
Four downloadable workshop guides for teaching introductory genetics in a museum or other informal education setting.
Can't decide if you're sandy or silty? Try this simple test.
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