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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.
Add a magnet to your solution and see what happens.
Learn about common techniques for peering inside the body in order to diagnose disease and injury.
Wind tubes are a playful and inventive way to explore the effect that moving air has on objects.
Get to know Pier 15, one of the greenest buildings around.
Catch a wave—then measure it, reflect it, and see what happens.
See a map of recent earthquakes in the United States, and learn why earthquakes happen so frequently on the West Coast.
Make a paper model that helps explain the changing tides.
Put your mind to tackling these classic engineering problems.
Grow your own stalagmites in luscious colors.
Learn more about the process of making Champagne.
A fish-eye view of the brain
Watch old pennies turn bright and shiny right before your eyes!
Complete an electrical circuit with your body and explore ways to control the flow of electricity.
Skilled listeners share their secrets.
Our reactions may be trained, but the devices that make music sound "sad" are real enough.
Measure the brightness of the sun using cooking oil and a white card.
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.
Journey into Chaco Canyon, where ancient people built monuments to the cosmos. Journey to Chichén Itzá, where the Maya built monuments to the sun.
Join us as we crunch our way through everything from our San Francisco sourdough to Injera and Pugliese.
Seasoned gardeners depend on a community of bacteria, worms, and insects to get the most out of their plantings. Find out why.
This stuff can't make up its mind -- is it a liquid or a solid?
Introduce students to unique life science activities that let them work with our research-quality microscopic images and videos.
A brief introduction to the land of the midnight sun.
Explore our media collection
Turn your phone into a pocket science laboratory with tools to measure light, motion, sound, and more.
Explore time and space with the music of Jen Finer.
It's not just the moon that causes ocean tides.
In February 2009, the Exploratorium hosted Darwin Days, a series of presentations, debates, and discussions exploring the ways scientists continue to learn from and apply their knowledge of evolutionary biology to a broad range of pursuits.
Follow filmmaker Paul Clipson as he captures the Exploratorium's waterfront site.
See how well various materials conduct electricity and use Science Journal to explore your data.
Explore mechanical elements such as cams, levers, and linkages to create your own moving sculpture.
Learn how living things get energy from dead ones in this interactive exhibit.
Saving seeds helps preserve the culture of Native American farmers in the American Southwest and northern Mexico.
The Turbulent Orb flows like the surface of Jupiter.
Touch supercooled water drops with an ice crystal and trigger them to freeze instantly.
Explore our app and measure the time of your life.
Tinker with electricity using common objects: batteries, lights, buzzers, motors, switches, etc.
You can make sentences without words!
Learn to throw a curveball, a slider, or even a screwball by throwing a Styrofoam ball.
Hold a paper airplane contest and discover which plane flies the best.
Explore the surprising side of sound
Humpbacks, minkes, and orcas are often sighted in the nutrient-rich Antarctic waters.
Explore the unknown world inside your brain with these fun activities.
Learn how some vibrant seniors exercise their minds, and find out what you can do to help your own memory.
Stories about science, art, and human perception—from 1998.
Explore the surprising side of color.
Find out why biodiversity benefits plants and people alike.
Use the numbers on four cards to make up equations that equal the number on a fifth card.
In Balancing Ball, high pressure keeps a beach ball aloft.
What is a gear ratio? And how do gears help make the bicycle so efficient?
Find a friend and try this sound localization experiement
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