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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.
British artist Tim Hunkin discusses his whimsical Tinkerer's Clock.
Take a virtual journey to the frog capital of the world, Rayne, Louisiana.
The nearly ice-free Dry Valleys are an Antarctic anomaly, and Earth's closest equivalent to Mars.
Are there earthquakes on Mars? Or rather, “marsquakes?"
Discover the ingenious fixes and unexpected materials behind iconic movie scenes.
Learn about the inner workings of a cell through this interactive exhibit.
Grow spikes of crystals in the sun.
There are about 500 dispatches from scientists working in the Arctic and Antarctica, along with original videos, photos, webcasts, and articles.
Why do road bikes have thin tires, while mountain bikes have fat tires?
Using a simple trick of perspective, you can dress your friends in tiny cutout clothing.
Use printable images from our time-lapse movies to make flipbooks–handheld animations that you can make at home.
Use the abracadabra of electrons to make tinsel fly.
How good is your friend's driving? You be the seismometer, and find out whether your pal is a smooth sailor or a mover and shaker.
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.
A Scribbling Machine is a motorized contraption that moves in unusual ways and leaves a mark to trace it's path.
See a map of recent earthquakes in the United States, and learn why earthquakes happen so frequently on the West Coast.
Can your eyes fool your nose? Find out with this experiment.
Bulk up your understanding of the "muscles" that move Theo Jansen's strandbeests.
Meteor, meteorite, meteoroid – what's the difference?
Attivita per le classi Elementari e Medie.
Play with the stuff that makes dough stretchy.
Download desktop wallpaper for your computer.
Learn how living things get energy from dead ones in this interactive exhibit.
With just mud, paper and an egg, you can grow colonies of multi-hued microbes!
Learn how Hubble Telescope scientists put together those lovely pictures.
An additive mixture of light makes for some colorful fun.
See how we cut the Exploratorium in two for seismic safety.
Turn sound into light and back again.
Play. Invent. Explore. PIE is a group of educators who share a playful and inventive approach to teaching with technology.
Find out why people who love birthday parties should move to Mercury.
Is there life on Mars? Our best evidence so far is a baked-potato-sized chunk of rock found in Antarctica.
Peter Whitehead is an instrument builder, performer, and composer.
The 18,000-foot Mt. Parinacota presents some fitness challenges for climbers.
Learn about common techniques for peering inside the body in order to diagnose disease and injury.
Build a mirrored tube that lets you see around corners and over walls.
A downloadable series of graphics from our Faultline website gives a snapshot of seismic science.
Not all bubbles are made with soap!
Explore the scientific, historical, and cultural context behind a new opera about the first atomic bomb test.
Music, fear, sadness all can cause goosebumps. But why?
Identify misalignments in your body by looking at your feet.
Sometimes we can learn about outer space when space objects come to us.
Pull up a chair and dive into Middle Ground.
Explore the science behind food and cooking with recipes, activities, and archived Webcasts.
Explore gluten, the substance that gives bread its structure.
Where do all the different languages in the world come from?
Each webcast, the Exploratorium staff and teachers demonstrate their science projects and compete for the title of IRON SCIENCE TEACHER!
Visit the Outdoor Exploratorium at Fort Mason to explore the science behind wind, waves, and more.
Experience this unique piece by Chloe Stamper, performed at Resonance.
Explore the mysteries of Ocean Beach's black sand (a.k.a. magnetite).
Crabeaters have extraordinary teeth, Weddells are downright cute, and leopards are as fierce as their namesake
Get to know the grandfather of all instruments: the pipe organ.
Take an exclusive tour of the Hetch Hetchy water system.
Build a stripped-down motor, a simple, easy-to-make version of the electric motors found in toys, tools, and appliances.
Listen to bird songs and try to figure out which are songs, which are companion calls, and which are alarms.
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