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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.
Leonardo's famous painting is used in an interesting perceptual experiment.
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.
Explore the rhythm of "Child's Play" with composer Jason Bolte.
Before there were clocks, people used shadows to tell time!
Each webcast, the Exploratorium staff and teachers demonstrate their science projects and compete for the title of IRON SCIENCE TEACHER!
Visit the beating heart of the Exploratorium—our shop.
Get in the loop with Greg Brown's improvisational piece Dynamic Feedback Loops.
Follow the process of revitalizing the Buchanan Mall in the Western Addition.
Learn about the giants of the polar seas.
Reflect on the deeper significance of Soap Film Painting.
by • June 19, 2015
Start your weekend with some of the top science news of the week.
What's in that cup of coffee anyway? Find out about the history and chemistry of coffee.
Interact with the Cafe Wall Illusion.
Hear audio clips of the ambient sounds of the rain forest at night near Arecibo, Puerto Rico.
Peter Whitehead is an instrument builder, performer, and composer.
With polarized light, you can make a stained glass window without gla
Grab a friend and measure the outer limits of your vision.
Find out why biodiversity benefits plants and people alike.
Experiment with water, temperature, and light to see what makes a seed come out of its shell.
Play a memory concentration game: Listen closely then match pairs of sounds.
by Eclipse Field Crew • March 5, 2016
Day-by-day dispatches from our eclipse crew in Micronesia.
Experience this unique piece by Chloe Stamper, performed at Resonance.
I movimenti dei tuoi occhi faranno brillare questo disegno.
The Physics of Skateboarding Tricks
What's the science behind a home run? Why do curveballs curve? Learn about the game from players from the S.F. Giants & Oakland A's.
Have you ever wondered what makes blue cheese blue, or why some cheeses are hard and others soft?
One man's journey into blindness
In Observance of the 50th Anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Use the abracadabra of electrons to make tinsel fly.
Get down and dirty with the surprising science of soil.
In the 1870s, an American woman could not vote. She could not own property in her own name after marriage. But she could play ball. . .
With just mud, paper and an egg, you can grow colonies of multi-hued microbes!
Explore the deadly beautiful world of carnivorous plants.
Ensure a successful ocean acidification experiment with these teaching tips.
by Mary Miller • February 24, 2016
The world's oceans are losing oxygen, thanks to climate changes.
Here's how you can model the use of X rays for medical examinations with some sand and a piece of screen.
Listen to bird songs and try to figure out which are songs, which are companion calls, and which are alarms.
Get a taste of how the earth's plates move.
Get your antennae ready for what's on the airwaves.
Follow filmmaker Paul Clipson as he captures the Exploratorium's waterfront site.
Explore the unknown world inside your brain with these fun activities.
Make a fantastic toy that shimmers when you shake it.
Search a geological map of Ethiopia for fossils.
How can something as light as air slow down a hit?
The Exploratorium is taking it outside to explore natural and human-made phenomena in and around San Francisco. Look for new episodes twice each month.
Journey into Chaco Canyon, where ancient people built monuments to the cosmos. Journey to Chichén Itzá, where the Maya built monuments to the sun.
(Embarcadero at Green Street)
San Francisco, CA 94111
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