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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.
Learn how sparkling wine is made, what makes it different from still wine, and where all those little bubbles come from!
Hike with artist Harrell Fletcher from the Exploratorium to Mount Diablo.
Saving seeds helps preserve the culture of Native American farmers in the American Southwest and northern Mexico.
Nobel Laureate Symposium
Explore the mysterious interactions between light and geography through the eyes and works of artists Charles Ross and James Turrell.
They're a menace to ships, but life thrives in these frozen oases.
The common ground between pickles, cheese, bread, wine, and many other foods.
Explore the ideas behind Science of Sharing with these Activities.
Find out about bicycle brakes and balance, and calculate your stopping distance on a bicycle.
Recycle some cans to make after-dinner music!
You may be surprised at the results of this "wimpy" workout.
by Steve Gennrich • January 7, 2017
Peter Taylor, Exploratorium Super-Technician, talks about his outdoor installation tools.
Learn about the body's vital defense force.
Skilled listeners share their secrets.
Study ultraviolet radiation from the sun and other sources using UV beads.
Meet Fi Henshall, an automata artist showcased at the Curious Contraptions exhibition.
Using baking soda and vinegar, you can pop a plastic bag with the power of fizz.
The fact and fiction behind some bizarre gardening remedies.
Rube Goldberg-inspired cause and effect contraptions using everyday materials and found objects.
The Maya were expert sky-watchers, careful observers of the motions of the celestial bodies...
APE was a four-year Exploratorium project to explore strategies and tactics to shift the role of visitors from passive recipient of information to active participant in the exhibit experience.
Use dominoes to model a nerve cell's transmission of a signal
anatomy of a skateboard, skateboard tricks, types of skateboarding, physics glossary.
Activities and History
What's the quietest sound you can find – and how can you find it? Download listening tips.
Recycle a potato chip can into a simple camera.
Dive into compositions exploring ancient forms from Middle Eastern cultures.
The Okeanos Explorer is the newest vessel in NOAA's fleet and the first to be dedicated solely to exploration and discovery missions. Follow along with the scientists and crew on their discovery voyages.
With polarized light, you can make a stained glass window without gla
Get to know Pier 15, one of the greenest buildings around.
Find out how this extreme sport is governed by the principles of momentum, gravity, friction, and centripetal force. Learn skateboarding history, technology, and more!
Make your own refracting telescope from a pair of reading glasses.
Get a taste of how the earth's plates move.
Our reactions may be trained, but the devices that make music sound "sad" are real enough.
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.
Examine words from different languages and determine which two languages are the most closely related.
Meet Matt Smith, an automata artist showcased at the Curious Contraptions exhibition.
Explore the science behind food and cooking with recipes, activities, and archived Webcasts.
Create your own fish mummy using common baking soda!
Tour the Breads of the World
Each webcast, the Exploratorium staff and teachers demonstrate their science projects and compete for the title of IRON SCIENCE TEACHER!
Why do road bikes have thin tires, while mountain bikes have fat tires?
Explore some ways in which the democratic process can go wrong.
Explore the scientific, historical, and cultural context behind a new opera about the first atomic bomb test.
See a map of recent earthquakes in the United States, and learn why earthquakes happen so frequently on the West Coast.
Put your mind to tackling these classic engineering problems.
Want to understand how to predict when the good waves are coming to your shore? It helps to start with the basics behind the formation of ocean waves.
Not all bubbles are made with soap!
An introduction to the concepts and theories that contribute to contemporary complexity research.
Professional development resources for teacher educators.
Why is your shadow longer in winter than in summer? Grab a basketball and some paperclips and find out!
Demonstrations of electric Robo-Cars made by 22 Science Summer students.
Design and build a musical instrument that responds to changing light.
Explore graphing, angles, and storytelling by building a seesaw for your smartphone.
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