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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.
Use your naked egg to experiment with osmosis, the movement of water across a membrane.
by Liz Ball • July 13, 2017
Join the Kronos Quartet for a performance like no other.
Imaginative Designs in Digital and Analog Clothing
Grow your own stalagmites in luscious colors.
Touch supercooled water drops with an ice crystal and trigger them to freeze instantly.
Artist Bob Miller's Light Walk at the Exploratorium will change the way you look at light, shadow, and images.
Learn about scale and structure with eight great activities designed for the elementary classroom.
Wind tubes are a playful and inventive way to explore the effect that moving air has on objects.
In this activity, students make bridges using an oil-based modeling clay (plasticene).
Does the sun rise in the east? Not exactly.
San Francisco was born in gold dust, and nearly died in rubble and ashes.
Build a mirrored tube that lets you see around corners and over walls.
The Maya were expert sky-watchers, careful observers of the motions of the celestial bodies...
An artist paints his childhood home from memory.
Pickling is the art of manipulating the microbial garden in foods.
Not all bubbles are made with soap!
Grow marshmallows to monstrous proportions!
Tinker with electricity using common objects: batteries, lights, buzzers, motors, switches, etc.
Visit the European Organization for Nuclear Research, known as CERN, which studies what the universe is made of and how the universe works.
A comprehensive tour through the weird and wonderful world of frogs.
Your guide to the Northern and Southern Lights (also in 'Observatory')
What happens to a cylinder when you scale it up?
Play. Invent. Explore. PIE is a group of educators who share a playful and inventive approach to teaching with technology.
Opera singers carry notes that seem to last forever. How do they do it?
Looking at the night sky can help you see how your eyes and brain make sense out of moonlight.
Watch selections from the Kronos Quartet's performance at Resonance.
Activities and History
Follow the process of revitalizing the Buchanan Mall in the Western Addition.
Make a bird appear in a cage using only your eyes.
Explore the idiosyncrasies of strandbeest motion as one traverses the beach.
Art/science teams explore the underlying systems that give the San Francisco Bay Area its unique character.
This clay building activity shows that when you make things bigger, weight increases faster than strength.
Can your eyes fool your nose? Find out with this experiment.
Watch Reggie Watts share some of his feelings about Mars.
Hear from Theo Jansen how the strandbeests' feet have changed and why.
In 2009, the ECHO (Education through Cultural and Historical Organizations) Partners hosted a national symposium held at the Exploratorium to discuss the effects of climate change on the planet. You can watch archived webcasts of the symposium.
They're a menace to ships, but life thrives in these frozen oases.
A downloadable series of graphics from our Faultline website gives a snapshot of seismic science.
Use this handy conversion calculator to convert between the many units found in recipes.
Get a taste of how the earth's plates move.
Explore mechanical elements such as cams, levers, and linkages to create your own moving sculpture.
Can you tell the difference between human and nonhuman embryos?
Immerse yourself in Matthew Goodheart's performance for our Resonance series.
Search a geological map of Ethiopia for fossils.
You can make a light painting with a light source, a darkened room, and a digital camera.
Can you trust your own memory? Find out with this activity.
Take a virtual journey to the frog capital of the world, Rayne, Louisiana.
A window on regeneration
Come along as we explore the cool, dark world of cheese.
This new version of an old game will bend your brain.
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