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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.
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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
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Do hot water and cold water mix?
Use wind to power a motor and light an LED.
Put your mind to tackling these classic engineering problems.
What's at fault?
Use dominoes to model a nerve cell's transmission of a signal
Read stories and see footage from the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake.
Demonstrations of electric Robo-Cars made by 22 Science Summer students.
Before there were clocks, people used shadows to tell time!
With polarized light, you can make a stained glass window without gla
Hear vocal tract models transform the squawk of a duck call into vowel sounds.
What is a gear ratio? And how do gears help make the bicycle so efficient?
Contemplate the continuum of cinema at After Dark.
Reflect on the deeper significance of Soap Film Painting.
Learn about origami, make your own paper, and find out the best way to fold a paper airplane.
Explore the idiosyncrasies of strandbeest motion as one traverses the beach.
Learn about common techniques for peering inside the body in order to diagnose disease and injury.
The Instruments Aboard the Mars Exploration Rover
See for yourself how the tilt of the earth's axis results in what we experience as the seasons.
Test your memory and compare it with your friends'.
Explore our media collection
Recycle some cans to make after-dinner music!
Explore the afterimages your eyes and your brain create.
Make yourself giant or tiny with a snip of the scissors.
A multifaceted exhibition that explored genetics and the Human Genome Project from a variety of perspectives from April 8 to September 4, 1995.
Journey into Chaco Canyon, where ancient people built monuments to the cosmos. Journey to Chichén Itzá, where the Maya built monuments to the sun.
Meet Fi Henshall, an automata artist showcased at the Curious Contraptions exhibition.
Build a scale model of waves of red and blue light.
High energy prices got you down? Discover how pickles can ease your troubles.
What are the best materials for frames? What are the best designs?
Make very, very, very tiny lightning, anytime you want!
What geometric shapes can you find on the playground?
Create your own fish mummy using common baking soda!
How do you chase a comet—and how do you stop?
Grow marshmallows to monstrous proportions!
by Liz Ball • July 13, 2017
Join the Kronos Quartet for a performance like no other.
Can you cover your kitchen tracks?
Think you have a lot in common with a kiwi fruit? Genetically speaking, you do.
by Exploratorium Staff • June 11, 2015
PBS Digitial Studios' latest episode of The Art Assignment profiles Zarouhie Abdalian, an Exploratorium Artist-in-Residence.
A do-it-yourself cartoon kit. It's easy to make pictures move!
Explore Saturn, its rings and moons, and see the latest images.
The more astronomy changes, the more it stays the same. This series of images juxtaposes ancient and modern study of the celestial bodies.
This stuff can't make up its mind -- is it a liquid or a solid?
With just mud, paper and an egg, you can grow colonies of multi-hued microbes!
Find out why biodiversity benefits plants and people alike.
Discover how researchers study climate change and examine the latest scientific data.
by • July 3, 2015
Make your own liquid “fireworks” with this simple and safe activity.
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