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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.
Shred like Jimi or twang like Johnny? Find out how.
Heat-trapping gases play a major role in polar climate change.
Make a fantastic toy that shimmers when you shake it.
A drop of water makes a fine magnifying lens.
Rainbows on the ceiling, rainbows on the floor.
Not all bubbles are made with soap!
With just mud, paper and an egg, you can grow colonies of multi-hued microbes!
What goes on under the ground during an earthquake? Use a Slinky to model the various seismic waves that make the earth tremble.
Explore the afterimages your eyes and your brain create.
Take a timeline tour of our past and present.
A fish-eye view of the brain
How can something as light as air slow down a hit?
Enjoy the early memories of some of the visitors to this website.
Explore the ideas behind Science of Sharing with these Activities.
Can a gum wrapper have a story? Discover just how important and meaningful an object can be.
Big magnets and black sand were made for play.
See evidence of invisible cosmic rays with Cloud Chamber.
Follow our crew as they visit the Dry Valleys and hike the slopes of volcanic Mt. Erebus.
Find out how a cochlear implant helped one man regain the ability to listen.
by • July 3, 2015
Make your own liquid “fireworks” with this simple and safe activity.
Cells behaving badly
The Exploratorium is a place like no other.
Make your own refracting telescope from a pair of reading glasses.
An introduction to spectra and to the space-based telescopes. The site includes a number of hands-on activities.
the Fudge House on Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco!
See living stem cells and find out why they are the "stem" from which all other cells develop.
Grow marshmallows to monstrous proportions!
Here are some activities that test your memory – and some things you can try to help you remember things better.
How many objects can you follow at once?
Each webcast, the Exploratorium staff and teachers demonstrate their science projects and compete for the title of IRON SCIENCE TEACHER!
Just how much fat is in ground beef? You may be surprised.
Specialized cells have a common origin. What sets them on separate paths?
Find out what it takes to monitor climate change.
Zoom into a fossil chimp tooth.
To understand how skaters turn in midair, try this little experiment.
Get an up-close view of the Galapagos Rift Zone.
Use dominoes to model a nerve cell's transmission of a signal
See how our location over San Francisco Bay helps save energy.
Listen as we demonstrate the meaning of sound jargon.
Explore webcasts, stories, dispatches, photos, and articles of total and annular solar eclipses and transits.
Listen to bird songs and try to figure out which are songs, which are companion calls, and which are alarms.
Learn how sparkling wine is made, what makes it different from still wine, and where all those little bubbles come from!
Take an animated tour of Antarctica's variety of ice formations, which give it a beauty unrivaled anywhere on Earth.
San Francisco was born in gold dust, and nearly died in rubble and ashes.
What do you really know about what you see?
Where is the Center of the Universe? Here, there, and everywhere.
Explore the science behind food and cooking with recipes, activities, and archived Webcasts.
There's more to polar ice than just frozen water. Learn about the many varieties of ice found at the poles and how and where they form.
Oren Ambarchi shares his sound-world of deep guitar abstraction and light-as-air textures.
We can't predict when an earthquake will occur, but we can avoid some potential disasters.
Meteor, meteorite, meteoroid – what's the difference?
by Jackie Clay • June 2, 2015
Exploratorium staff scientist fills us in on “why do we do what we do.”
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