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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 hands-on 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.
What does it take to land a spacecraft on Mars?
What does it take to support life—or to prevent it?
Demonstrations of electric Robo-Cars made by 22 Science Summer students.
Turn your phone into a pocket science laboratory with tools to measure light, motion, sound, and more.
A do-it-yourself cartoon kit. It's easy to make pictures move!
Enjoy the colors and textures of phenomena demonstrated by Exploratorium exhibits.
Interact with the Cafe Wall Illusion.
Peter Whitehead is an instrument builder, performer, and composer.
Take a look back at the early days of Curiosity's mission.
Not all shadows are black. Discover a rainbow of shadows here.
Follow along with expedition leader Bob Ballard and his crew on the exploration vessel Nautilus as they search for hydrothermal vents, underwater volcanoes, and ancient shipwrecks.
Make a spinning disc called a stroboscope, which lets you create your own animated cartoon.
Float high in the sky on the airship Eureka.
Remote sensing allows geologists to peek under the ice – and find a big surprise.
Ever wonder what you might weigh on Mars or the moon? Here's your chance to find out.
Explore the science behind food and cooking with recipes, activities, and archived Webcasts.
We can't predict when an earthquake will occur, but we can avoid some potential disasters.
See the JPL "sandbox" where robotic rovers are tested.
Find your rhythm—or bring to life the music in your head.
The Exploratorium wasn't built in a day—watch it go up in a minute.
Get to know Pier 15, one of the greenest buildings around.
Spin the bottle to see beautiful swirling shapes
Get messy with ExploraGoo and Outrageous Ooze! Get airborne with the Fabulous Foam Flyer! Get loud with the Water Gong or Straw Oboe!
This clay building activity shows that when you make things bigger, weight increases faster than strength.
Using a simple trick of perspective, you can dress your friends in tiny cutout clothing.
Cells behaving badly
Exploring the diversity, distribution, and abundance of life in the oceans
Learn about the giants of the polar seas.
Pi Day isn't just a day—it's a way of life.
Follow the process of designing and casting our new bell.
Listen in on conversations with Laurie Anderson, Brian Eno, and others in Speaking of Music Rewind.
Experience the wonder of the Exploratorium's opening at Pier 15.
What can you do with a frozen water balloon? Plenty!
Scratch Film, also known as Direct Animation, is the process of drawing and scratching designs directly onto film.
Explore light, shadow, and motion using a variety of simple materials and light sources.
A brief history of Chichen Itza.
Each webcast, the Exploratorium staff and teachers demonstrate their science projects and compete for the title of IRON SCIENCE TEACHER!
Grow spikes of crystals in the sun.
Pickling is the art of manipulating the microbial garden in foods.
by Eileen Campbell • March 7, 2016
The home team prepares for hosting the solar eclipse broadcast and event.
Watch a magnet repel a grape and consider different types of magnetism.
What's in that cup of coffee anyway? Find out about the history and chemistry of coffee.
Living along the continental coastline of Antarctica are the emperors and the Adélies.
Make a piece of tinsel fly—learn how here.
Close your eyes and listen to tell where the paddle is when you play this all-listening version of the classic game Pong.
Explore the rhythm of "Child's Play" with composer Jason Bolte.
by Eileen Campbell • May 19, 2016
Sound Commons, a new SPS installation, is taking shape in UN Plaza.
What's the difference between white meat and dark meat? Which animals have which and why?
You may be surprised at the results of this "wimpy" workout.
Visit the Outdoor Exploratorium at Fort Mason to explore the science behind wind, waves, and more.
by Kevin Boyd • November 10, 2015
A giant blob of warm water means no crab for Christmas.
Get to know essential, explosive sodium.
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