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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.
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.
Imaginative Designs in Digital and Analog Clothing
Find out why wind resistance is a big drag for bicyclists, and use our calculator to estimate drag for yourself.
In this activity, you'll learn about "tempering" -- a delicate process of melting and cooling chocolate.
The more astronomy changes, the more it stays the same. This series of images juxtaposes ancient and modern study of the celestial bodies.
See the JPL "sandbox" where robotic rovers are tested.
Experience this unique piece by Chloe Stamper, performed at Resonance.
Explore the creative process behind Theo Jansen's extraordinary strandbeests.
Explore the afterimages your eyes and your brain create.
Explore graphing, angles, and storytelling by building a seesaw for your smartphone.
Get to know the grandfather of all instruments: the pipe organ.
Find out what all that fiddling around before a concert is really about.
Demonstrations of electric Robo-Cars made by 22 Science Summer students.
When you ride a bike in a straight line, you must make many minor corrections in order to stay upright.
Grow your own stalagmites in luscious colors.
See a Curiosity rover model on loan from NASA.
This ancient temple holds a secret...can you reveal the mystery?
An inside look at a chicken's egg.
Think you have a lot in common with a kiwi fruit? Genetically speaking, you do.
Bulk up your understanding of the "muscles" that move Theo Jansen's strandbeests.
Explore the deadly beautiful world of carnivorous plants.
Take an impressionistic journey through the Exploratorium's Life Sciences area.
Use a sheet of liquid crystal to learn about how infrared cameras work.
Bike builder David Folch makes supersized bikes for supersized riders.
See for yourself how the tilt of the earth's axis results in what we experience as the seasons.
Listen in on the mind behind cellist Okkyung Lee's kinetic style.
Split light into its different wavelengths using simple materials.
Break water into hydrogen and oxygen using a homemade electrolysis device.
An evening of wine, food, and talk.
Visit the beating heart of the Exploratorium—our shop.
What can you do with a frozen water balloon? Plenty!
Watch selections from the Kronos Quartet's performance at Resonance.
Activities and History
Celebrate musical experimentation with innovator, musician, and composer Roscoe Mitchell.
See the tiny disk of Mercury slowly travel across the face of the sun in this rare event.
What goes on under the ground during an earthquake? Use a Slinky to model the various seismic waves that make the earth tremble.
Close your eyes and listen to tell where the paddle is when you play this all-listening version of the classic game Pong.
Fly through the air with the greatest of ease—on an airship.
Explore some ways in which the democratic process can go wrong.
Make your own refracting telescope from a pair of reading glasses.
What is a gear ratio? And how do gears help make the bicycle so efficient?
Learn to measure the efficiency of a solar cell.
Teeth are the most common fossils found. What can they tell us?
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.
Use printable images from our time-lapse movies to make flipbooks–handheld animations that you can make at home.
How can something as light as air slow down a hit?
Los movimientos del ojo hacen parecer que el dise�o brilla.
Experience Wayne Grim's sonification of the transit of Venus.
Why is your shadow longer in winter than in summer? Grab a basketball and some paperclips and find out!
Experiment with water, temperature, and light to see what makes a seed come out of its shell.
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