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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.
Check out our coverage of NASA’s rover, Curiosity, from 2012.
Tinker with electricity using common objects: batteries, lights, buzzers, motors, switches, etc.
Rube Goldberg-inspired cause and effect contraptions using everyday materials and found objects.
Break water into hydrogen and oxygen using a homemade electrolysis device.
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.
Dig into the succulent science of making things grow.
See for yourself how the tilt of the earth's axis results in what we experience as the seasons.
Get a behind-the-scenes look at activities and ideas we’re exploring.
Go behind the scenes of Self, Made with its curators and advisors.
Listen to internationally recognized authorities on human thought and behavior, including Temple Grandin and Paul Ekman.
Journey into Chaco Canyon, where ancient people built monuments to the cosmos. Journey to Chichén Itzá, where the Maya built monuments to the sun.
Decorate your desktop with some of the most intriguing pattern and perception images from the Exploratorium.
Each webcast, the Exploratorium staff and teachers demonstrate their science projects and compete for the title of IRON SCIENCE TEACHER!
Find out about bicycle brakes and balance, and calculate your stopping distance on a bicycle.
Explore the places, people, tools, and ideas behind the origins of matter, the universe, and life itself.
Identify misalignments in your body by looking at your feet.
Fall into a trance with multi-instrumentalist Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe.
Explore an interactive map.
Follow the process of designing and casting our new bell.
Close your eyes and listen to tell where the paddle is when you play this all-listening version of the classic game Pong.
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Investigate actual images of the Martian surface taken by the rovers Spirit and Opportunity.
In September 2004, the Exploratorium covered a conference in the Galapagos Islands, organized by the National Center for Atmospheric Research, that considered the implications of El Niño forecasting.
Artist Bob Miller's Light Walk at the Exploratorium will change the way you look at light, shadow, and images.
You may be surprised at the results of this "wimpy" workout.
Create your own fish mummy using common baking soda!
What can you do with a frozen water balloon? Plenty!
Experience this unique piece by Chloe Stamper, performed at Resonance.
Design and build a musical instrument that responds to changing light.
by Eileen Campbell • July 29, 2017
Watch the moon pass through its phases as we count down to the total solar eclipse. Today: a quarter moon (waxing).
Come along as we explore the cool, dark world of cheese.
The Turbulent Orb flows like the surface of Jupiter.
The Maya were expert sky-watchers, careful observers of the motions of the celestial bodies...
With just mud, paper and an egg, you can grow colonies of multi-hued microbes!
What do you really know about what you see?
“No way! I lost a lot of cows last year!” is not something you’d expect to hear on the floor of a science museum.
Grow spikes of crystals in the sun.
Watch Theo Jansen prepare to release a strandbeest on the beach.
Explore the ideas behind Science of Sharing with these Activities.
Why do road bikes have thin tires, while mountain bikes have fat tires?
Why are San Francisco summers so foggy?
What makes Antarctica inhospitable to life also makes it ideal for astronomy.
See why these beautiful flowers have attracted generations of admirers.
Put your mind to tackling these classic engineering problems.
Use dominoes to model a nerve cell's transmission of a signal
Find out how different kinds of candy are made in the Candy-o-matic!
Bike builder David Folch builds supersized bikes for supersized riders.
Explore small, surreal worlds through Curious Contraptions automata.
Learn how sparkling wine is made, what makes it different from still wine, and where all those little bubbles come from!
A downloadable series of graphics from our Faultline website gives a snapshot of seismic science.
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