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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.
A trash-filled median blossoms into a community oasis.
How does drafting help a cyclist? What is skin friction?
Stepping is rhythmic movement that uses the body as an instrument.
Discover how researchers study climate change and examine the latest scientific data.
Launch a rocket with a plastic pop bottle and use Height Site to figure out how high it flies.
Can you believe your eyes?
Make a simple musical instrument that sounds like a swarm of buzzing bees when you spin it around.
Experience the thrill of Strandbeest: The Dream Machines of Theo Jansen.
How can forensic science become more scientific?
Check out ColorFest, a two-month extravaganza celebrating color at the museum from July 1 to September 5.
Realtime data, more about earthquake dynamics, and loads of other information.
Open your eyes to "She Blinded Me With Science."
Do hot water and cold water mix?
These tricky pictures shift and change as you look at them.
Discover the artistry behind some of cinema's most iconic scenes.
From 1977 until 2003, the Exploratorium published a quarterly magazine. The Exploratorium Magazine Online is a companion to selected issues of the print magazine, providing key articles and activities and including multimedia features.
Explore the process of extracting DNA from Neanderthal bones.
Darkening polar skies often bring beautiful light displays.
Ensure a successful ocean acidification experiment with these teaching tips.
Go into the studio with some of the automata artists from our Curious Contraptions exhibition.
Can a gum wrapper have a story? Discover just how important and meaningful an object can be.
Vsit a quirky kitchen where you can compose music with ordinary (and not-so-ordinary) objects.
Each webcast, the Exploratorium staff and teachers demonstrate their science projects and compete for the title of IRON SCIENCE TEACHER!
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Make your own liquid “fireworks” with this simple and safe activity.
Saving seeds helps preserve the culture of Native American farmers in the American Southwest and northern Mexico.
Split light using an outdated form of music storage.
Insight into genes, reproduction, and cancer
Learn about the inner workings of a cell through this interactive exhibit.
Make your own refracting telescope from a pair of reading glasses.
Crabeaters have extraordinary teeth, Weddells are downright cute, and leopards are as fierce as their namesake
Enjoy the early memories of some of the visitors to this website.
Study ultraviolet radiation from the sun and other sources using UV beads.
Think you have a lot in common with a kiwi fruit? Genetically speaking, you do.
See how 3D printing can be used to make art.
Feel the weight of the atmosphere—plus a little extra.
A bicycle, masking tape, paper, pencil, and a little curiosity are all you need to find out how the gears of a bicycle work.
Explore the ancient knowledge of the Maya, who built sophisticated monuments to the sun.
Make a fantastic toy that shimmers when you shake it.
Interact with the Cafe Wall Illusion.
Learn to throw a curveball, a slider, or even a screwball by throwing a Styrofoam ball.
Explore new social science exhibits at San Francisco’s Civic Center.
Lisa Miller is a mechanic and teacher who shows her auto shop students how to use their listening skills to fix cars.
Reflect on the deeper significance of Soap Film Painting.
Explore the afterimages your eyes and your brain create.
Pick one and guess the source
Get a lesson in listening from Doniga Markegard, an expert wildlife tracker.
Watch tiny blue, green, and white molds grow on leftover food.
Follow our crew as they visit the Dry Valleys and hike the slopes of volcanic Mt. Erebus.
Jimmy Kuehnle’s inflated artworks engage his audiences with the unexpected.
Be mesmerized by the PVC structure that allows Strandbeests to walk.
Learn about scale and structure with eight great activities designed for the elementary classroom.
Looking at the night sky can help you see how your eyes and brain make sense out of moonlight.
Recycle a potato chip can into a simple camera.
Discover the ingenious fixes and unexpected materials behind iconic movie scenes.
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