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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.
Watch Reggie Watts improvise a song about visiting Mars (or not).
Decorate your desktop with some of the most intriguing pattern and perception images from the Exploratorium.
Discover the secret colors hidden in black ink. With a paper towel, a black marker, and a cup of water, create a rainbow of colors while exploring capillary action and chromatography.
High energy prices got you down? Discover how pickles can ease your troubles.
See how 3D printing can be used to make art.
Join us for an interview with UK-based artist Jem Finer.
Make a scale model of the Solar System and learn the REAL definition of "space."
Groove to Thomas Dolby with "She Blinded Me With Science."
Your brain is always looking for blank spaces and filling them in. Sometimes, your brain leaps to the wrong conclusion. Then you get a surprise!
by Sebastian • August 16, 2019
Spin the bottle to see beautiful swirling shapes
Use dominoes to model a nerve cell's transmission of a signal
A model for heart development
What do plants know about numbers? Paul Dancstep investigates.
by Eileen Campbell • January 28, 2016
Why are we going to Micronesia to broadcast a solar eclipse?
Explore graphing, angles, and storytelling by building a seesaw for your smartphone.
Imagine yourself in the middle of the vast Pacific Ocean. You've been sailing for weeks, and there's no land in sight. Do you know where you are? Do you know which way to go?
Uncover the everyday origins of some extraordinary instruments.
The 1906 earthquake jolted geologists into focusing on how and why faults break loose.
the Fudge House on Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco!
Model ocean acidification with this simple experiment.
British artist Tim Hunkin discusses his whimsical Tinkerer's Clock.
The Science Information Infrastructure (SII) is a collaboration among teachers and scientists. The SII at the Exploratorium is developing educational resources using NASA images and datasets.
by Steve Gennrich • April 3, 2015
The Studio for Public Spaces team is leading the way at the Market Street Prortyping Fesitval.
by Eileen Campbell • July 22, 2017
Watch the moon pass through its phases as we count down to the total solar eclipse. Today: a waning crescent moon.
Human are preparing to travel to Mars—would you go?
In an earthquake, some older structures collapse and others stand tall. The difference is usually retrofitting.
by Josh Bacigalupi • September 26, 2016
Complexity: what is it and why it matters
Find out how different kinds of candy are made in the Candy-o-matic!
Sometimes we can learn about outer space when space objects come to us.
Tag along on The Windows, a trek to Mount Diablo.
Play a memory concentration game: Listen closely then match pairs of sounds.
Richter and beyond
Share some secret sounds with a friend.
Learn more about the process of making Champagne.
How can a bugle make so many notes without any valves?
Students become Internet researchers and learn about NASA satellites.
See a map of recent earthquakes in the United States, and learn why earthquakes happen so frequently on the West Coast.
Explore the surprising side of sound
See the JPL "sandbox" where robotic rovers are tested.
Create your own fish mummy using common baking soda!
Visit the beating heart of the Exploratorium—our shop.
An introduction to the concepts and theories that contribute to contemporary complexity research.
Join us as we crunch our way through everything from our San Francisco sourdough to Injera and Pugliese.
by Mary Miller • February 1, 2018
Big wave secrets are all in the data.
Close your eyes – and open your ears.
Explore the limits of vision—get to know your rods and cones.
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.
Experience the thrill of Strandbeest: The Dream Machines of Theo Jansen.
Join Resonance host Sarah Cahill in interviewing the Kronos Quartet.
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