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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.
Most people abhor the sound of their own recorded voice. So what are these recording devices doing to our voices to make them sound so awful?
Rainbows on the ceiling, rainbows on the floor.
Learn about oxygen and hydrogen after water has been separated.
Use the Science Journal mobile app to investigate movement.
Get a taste of how the earth's plates move.
Use dominoes to model a nerve cell's transmission of a signal
Follow filmmaker Paul Clipson as he captures the Exploratorium's waterfront site.
Art/science teams explore the underlying systems that give the San Francisco Bay Area its unique character.
Immerse yourself in music and visual motion by Marielle Jakobsons.
Explore the mysterious interactions between light and geography through the eyes and works of artists Charles Ross and James Turrell.
Visit Las Cuevas Research Station in Belize and the Natural History Museum in London to learn about the study of biodiversity.
An additive mixture of light makes for some colorful fun.
Join us to learn about NASA's InSight Lander mission.
Explore light, shadow, and motion using a variety of simple materials and light sources.
Try your hand at explaining symbols both modern and ancient, and then make your own.
Find out why people who love birthday parties should move to Mercury.
Find links relevant to research at the poles.
Learn about the body's vital defense force.
Meet a kinetic sculptor.
Watch ancient text revealed and read for the first time in a thousand years!
What makes Antarctica inhospitable to life also makes it ideal for astronomy.
Measure your reaction time with just a meter stick and some help from a friend.
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.
A downloadable series of graphics from our Faultline website gives a snapshot of seismic science.
Could your own brain betray you?
Rock out with renowned San Francisco band The Residents.
The brightest buds get all the glory – but they're not just for show.
Tour the Breads of the World
Come with us to Chaco Canyon in northwestern New Mexico, which is rich with thousand-year-old artifacts of the ancient Pueblo culture and contains sites that appear to have been astronomical observatories.
Buy discounted tickets online—hop-off at stop #3 to visit the Exploratorium.
Download a PDF file with step-by-step instructions for doing your own cow's eye dissection.
Design and build a musical instrument that responds to changing light.
Where do all the different languages in the world come from?
Build cantilevers from bamboo garden poles and drinking straws and discover the importance of scale.
Explore gluten, the substance that gives bread its structure.
Each webcast, the Exploratorium staff and teachers demonstrate their science projects and compete for the title of IRON SCIENCE TEACHER!
Why is baseball so popular in Japan?
What happens to a cylinder when you scale it up?
Human are preparing to travel to Mars—would you go?
Are there earthquakes on Mars? Or rather, “marsquakes?"
See what plankton live under and around the Exploratorium.
Discover the uncommon stories behind the most common fruits and vegetables.
With a lens, you can bend light to make pictures of the world.
Activities and History
Spin the bottle to see beautiful swirling shapes
Build a mirrored tube that lets you see around corners and over walls.
Listen to bird songs and try to figure out which are songs, which are companion calls, and which are alarms.
Darkening polar skies often bring beautiful light displays.
Take a peek at the colorful world of plant sex.
Exploring the diversity, distribution, and abundance of life in the oceans
What is a gear ratio? And how do gears help make the bicycle so efficient?
Meet Paul Spooner, an automata artist showcased at Curious Contraptions.
A trash-filled median blossoms into a community oasis.
A do-it-yourself cartoon kit. It's easy to make pictures move!
A comprehensive tour through the weird and wonderful world of frogs.
Enjoy the immediacy and immersive storytelling of this cinematic collaboration.
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