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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.
Find out why wind resistance is a big drag for bicyclists, and use our calculator to estimate drag for yourself.
How can a microscopic organism lift several pounds of dough? Find out with this activity.
Put your mind to tackling these classic engineering problems.
Are there earthquakes on Mars? Or rather, “marsquakes?"
An ordinary metal spoon can make some astounding sounds!
Experience the end of the transit of Venus.
Just how do we remember a face?
Experience Wayne Grim's sonification of the transit of Venus.
Find out how different kinds of candy are made in the Candy-o-matic!
Grow marshmallows to monstrous proportions!
Join us for this performance by UK-based artist Jem Finer.
Use the numbers on four cards to make up equations that equal the number on a fifth card.
These unique – and uniquely beautiful – seal species spend their lives amid the sea ice
A fish-eye view of the brain
Meet a kinetic sculptor.
Listen to internationally recognized authorities on human thought and behavior, including Temple Grandin and Paul Ekman.
Activities and workshops for playful invention, investigation, and collaboration
What happens to meat when you cook it?
Experience A.J. Racy's compositions exploring ancient forms from Middle Eastern culture.
Find out what's inside a floppy disk.
Learn why the colors on a soap film develop and change.
Take an animated tour of Antarctica's variety of ice formations, which give it a beauty unrivaled anywhere on Earth.
For accuracy, it's best to use both a candy thermometer and the cold water test when making candy.
Recycle a potato chip can into a simple camera.
This ancient temple holds a secret...can you reveal the mystery?
Humpbacks, minkes, and orcas are often sighted in the nutrient-rich Antarctic waters.
A model for heart development
Modelos plásticos huecos del aparato vocal humano convierten el graznido de un pato en sonidos de vocales.
by Liz Ball • July 13, 2017
Join the Kronos Quartet for a performance like no other.
With a lens, you can bend light to make pictures of 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.
by Eclipse Field Crew • February 29, 2016
Dispatches from our crew in Micronesia.
Richter and beyond
Explore the ideas behind Science of Sharing with these Activities.
Explore the surprising side of color.
What goes on under the ground during an earthquake? Use a Slinky to model the various seismic waves that make the earth tremble.
How many objects can you follow at once?
San Francisco was born in gold dust, and nearly died in rubble and ashes.
Watch live coverage of the InSight Lander plunge through the Martian atmosphere.
Make your own miniature "Lava Lite."
Try these low-cost, teacher-tested activities for the classroom and the curious.
Darkening polar skies often bring beautiful light displays.
Get your antennae ready for what's on the airwaves.
Make a simple rocket and a rocket launcher, and watch a demonstration of how the finished rocket will fly.
Try your hand at explaining symbols both modern and ancient, and then make your own.
Visit the beating heart of the Exploratorium—our shop.
Big magnets and black sand were made for play.
See how the ocean drives Bay Area weather and climate.
Map sunspots and build an apparatus for safe sunspot viewing!
With just mud, paper and an egg, you can grow colonies of multi-hued microbes!
Follow the process of revitalizing the Buchanan Mall in the Western Addition.
Do the Bird in a Cage experiment with some basic materials.
See the light of the exhibit Aurora.
Discover the artistry behind some of cinema's most iconic scenes.
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