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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.
Experience the psychedelic visuals of the legendary Joshua Light Show.
by Rob Rothfarb • February 11, 2011
Visitors experienced the sights and smells of "Meta Cookie', an augmented reality installation at After Dark: Get Surreal.
See the JPL "sandbox" where robotic rovers are tested.
Follow scientists looking for life in the hot springs of the Russian Far East.
Explore webcasts, stories, dispatches, photos, and articles of total and annular solar eclipses and transits.
We're open every day June 17–September 4 + and Friday nights for all ages.
What do snowflakes look like on Mars?
Explore the important engineering concepts of yield strength, ultimate strength, and elasticity as they relate to building a better bicycle.
Not all bubbles are made with soap!
Use dominoes to model a nerve cell's transmission of a signal
Discover how researchers study climate change and examine the latest scientific data.
What do plants know about numbers? Paul Dancstep investigates.
We can't predict when an earthquake will occur, but we can avoid some potential disasters.
What happens to meat when you cook it?
You can measure your reaction time with just a yardstick and some help from a friend.
Imaginative Designs in Digital and Analog Clothing
APE was a four-year Exploratorium project to explore strategies and tactics to shift the role of visitors from passive recipient of information to active participant in the exhibit experience.
Explore the Traits of Life exhibition space using this 360˚ panorama.
Tag along on The Windows, a trek to Mount Diablo.
An incubator for innovative public space ideas, projects and news
Discover the difference between taste and smell.
Activities and workshops for playful invention, investigation, and collaboration
Explore an interactive map.
Follow along with expedition leader Bob Ballard and his crew on the exploration vessel Nautilus as they search for hydrothermal vents, underwater volcanoes, and ancient shipwrecks.
What happens to sandy or fine-grained soils when an earthquake shakes them up? Try this simple activity to find out.
Just how much fat is in ground beef? You may be surprised.
Make your own refracting telescope from a pair of reading glasses.
by Eileen Campbell • December 29, 2016
Read our picks for the Unsung Science stories of 2016.
This stuff can't make up its mind -- is it a liquid or a solid?
Use this handy conversion calculator to convert between the many units found in recipes.
In February 2009, the Exploratorium hosted Darwin Days, a series of presentations, debates, and discussions exploring the ways scientists continue to learn from and apply their knowledge of evolutionary biology to a broad range of pursuits.
Each webcast, the Exploratorium staff and teachers demonstrate their science projects and compete for the title of IRON SCIENCE TEACHER!
Explore the ancient knowledge of the Maya, who built sophisticated monuments to the sun.
Get your ringing questions about sound answered here.
Learn about the giants of the polar seas.
Search a geological map of Ethiopia for fossils.
Watch ancient text revealed and read for the first time in a thousand years!
If you're a patient gardener, you can grow your own hybrid flowers.
by Jackie Clay • June 2, 2015
Exploratorium staff scientist fills us in on “why do we do what we do.”
Discover secret colors hidden in a black marker!
The majority of Barrow residents are indigenous people who live both traditional and modern lives
Visit the Outdoor Exploratorium at Fort Mason to explore the science behind wind, waves, and more.
See what's on the Curiosity rover's tool belt.
Make a piece of tinsel fly—learn how here.
Open your eyes to "She Blinded Me With Science."
Demonstrations of electric Robo-Cars made by 22 Science Summer students.
Learn how living things get energy from dead ones in this interactive exhibit.
Tiny shrimplike crustaceans, krill play a critical roll in many marine food webs, even feeding huge baleen whales.
Can you tell the difference between human and nonhuman embryos?
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