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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.
Close your eyes and listen to tell where the paddle is when you play this all-listening version of the classic game Pong.
The Antarctic food web is the simplest on the planet, and krill are at its hub.
Experience Strandbeest: The Dream Machines of Theo Jansen.
Explore the scientific, historical, and cultural context behind a new opera about the first atomic bomb test.
The more astronomy changes, the more it stays the same. This series of images juxtaposes ancient and modern study of the celestial bodies.
Take an impressionistic journey through the Exploratorium's Life Sciences area.
View the night sky from any latitude on earth, and take a guided tour of the Hawaiian star families.
by • July 3, 2015
Make your own liquid “fireworks” with this simple and safe activity.
What does it take to block gamma radiation?
What goes on under the ground during an earthquake? Use a Slinky to model the various seismic waves that make the earth tremble.
Observe Theo Jansen and a strandbeest strolling on a sunny beach.
A downloadable series of graphics from our Faultline website gives a snapshot of seismic science.
by Eileen Campbell • September 7, 2016
Road trip! Scouting Oregon locations for filming the 2017 solar eclipse.
Fall into a trance with multi-instrumentalist Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe.
Celebrate The Art of Tinkering with this unprecedented book.
Enjoy the cloudscape of China's Weizi Gorge.
What's at fault?
The Exploratorium wasn't built in a day—watch it go up in a minute.
Get your ringing questions about sound answered here.
Decorate your desktop with some of the most intriguing pattern and perception images from the Exploratorium.
Scientists dig under the surface for clues to past climate
Specialized cells have a common origin. What sets them on separate paths?
Learn how wind energy is generated and stored at Altamont Pass.
Can you take a sip of water from a cup with your eyes closed?
What does it take to support life—or to prevent it?
Show yourself how a pinch of salt can take the bitter taste away.
Take a microscopic tour of the staff of life.
The legendary Joshua Light Show returns to the Exploratorium.
Find out why biodiversity benefits plants and people alike.
Can you cover your kitchen tracks?
Take a hands-on look at the science of cocktails.
How do you stop and steer a bicycle? What forces keep the bicycle from falling over?
Is there life on Mars? Our best evidence so far is a baked-potato-sized chunk of rock found in Antarctica.
What kinds of candy are made and enjoyed in where you live?
Teeth are the most common fossils found. What can they tell us?
How do different sounds combine to make the unique audio environments of specific places? Build the soundscapes of a beach and a train station.
On Saturday, May 6th, 2000 we hosted a live panel discussion and webcast to explore the amazing phenomena of Star Trek.
Explore the places, people, tools, and ideas behind the origins of matter, the universe, and life itself.
High energy prices got you down? Discover how pickles can ease your troubles.
How do you decide to share, help, and collaborate with others?
Check out our coverage of NASA’s rover, Curiosity, from 2012.
Explore some ways in which the democratic process can go wrong.
What is a gear ratio? And how do gears help make the bicycle so efficient?
Make it grow . . . bigger, lusher, juicier.
Make a simple musical instrument that sounds like a swarm of buzzing bees when you spin it around.
An introduction to the concepts and theories that contribute to contemporary complexity research.
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