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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.
On Saturday, May 6th, 2000 we hosted a live panel discussion and webcast to explore the amazing phenomena of Star Trek.
Amino acids and corn syrup combine to create new aromas.
Make a paper model that helps explain the changing tides.
The more astronomy changes, the more it stays the same. This series of images juxtaposes ancient and modern study of the celestial bodies.
Visit the beating heart of the Exploratorium—our shop.
See how 3D printing can be used to make art.
Why do road bikes have thin tires, while mountain bikes have fat tires?
Get down and dirty with the surprising science of soil.
A window on regeneration
How do different sounds combine to make the unique audio environments of specific places? Build the soundscapes of a beach and a train station.
This new version of an old game will bend your brain.
Each webcast, the Exploratorium staff and teachers demonstrate their science projects and compete for the title of IRON SCIENCE TEACHER!
Find out why biodiversity benefits plants and people alike.
The only continent without any countries or government . . .
Experience a sound collage with Jeffrey Alexander's piece "For Resonance."
Watch tiny blue, green, and white molds grow on leftover food.
Pick one and guess the source
Explore the ideas behind Science of Sharing with these Activities.
One man's journey into blindness
A series of talks celebrating both the historical and contemporary dimensions of the Eames design legacy.
Get a taste of how the earth's plates move.
Listen to the story of Ladle Rat Rotten Hut.
Specialized cells have a common origin. What sets them on separate paths?
Most paper airplanes are flat, but these paper hoops can really fly!
Four downloadable workshop guides for teaching introductory genetics in a museum or other informal education setting.
Join an interview with avant-garde percussionist Susie Ibarra.
Open a celestial and technological time capsule—watch this eclipse webcast.
Using a spectroscope, you may see that what appears to be a single color of light is really a combination of colors called a spectrum.
What's the difference between white meat and dark meat? Which animals have which and why?
Find out how different kinds of candy are made in the Candy-o-matic!
by Eileen Campbell • May 19, 2016
Sound Commons, a new SPS installation, is taking shape in UN Plaza.
The 18,000-foot Mt. Parinacota presents some fitness challenges for climbers.
Your guide to the Northern and Southern Lights (also in 'Observatory')
This card game is a little like a puzzle. You and your opponents all try to find solutions to the puzzle���and the one who finds the most solutions wins!
Follow scientists looking for life in the hot springs of the Russian Far East.
Find out how your eyes work and watch a real dissection of a cow's eye.
Make a simple musical instrument that sounds like a swarm of buzzing bees when you spin it around.
Find out about bicycle brakes and balance, and calculate your stopping distance on a bicycle.
Enjoy the cloudscape of China's Weizi Gorge.
Grow spikes of crystals in the sun.
The Curiosity rover made a discovery—now what?
Get your antennae ready for what's on the airwaves.
How do scientists establish the age of artifacts, rocks, and settlements?
Meet a kinetic sculptor.
What is a gear ratio? And how do gears help make the bicycle so efficient?
Using a simple trick of perspective, you can dress your friends in tiny cutout clothing.
Where is the Center of the Universe? Here, there, and everywhere.
Make your own refracting telescope from a pair of reading glasses.
Find out how a cochlear implant helped one man regain the ability to listen.
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