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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.
Stories about science, art, and human perception—from 1998.
You can make a light painting with a light source, a darkened room, and a digital camera.
Listen in on conversations with Laurie Anderson, Brian Eno, and others in Speaking of Music Rewind.
A rock-climbing physicist explores the mechanics of his hands.
What does it take to block gamma radiation?
See living stem cells and find out why they are the "stem" from which all other cells develop.
Your CRT screen may appear to wiggle when you give it the raspberry, but the only thing wiggling is you.
Where do all the different languages in the world come from?
For accuracy, it's best to use both a candy thermometer and the cold water test when making candy.
Get a taste of how the earth's plates move.
Listen to bird songs and try to figure out which are songs, which are companion calls, and which are alarms.
Enjoy the early memories of some of the visitors to this website.
Learn how wind energy is generated and stored at Altamont Pass.
Why do teens take risks, and what do our notions of risk tell us about the dangers of growing up?
Explore gluten, the substance that gives bread its structure.
How can a microscopic organism lift several pounds of dough? Find out with this activity.
by Sebastian • August 16, 2019
Identify misalignments in your body by looking at your feet.
Listen to the story of Ladle Rat Rotten Hut.
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!
Where are you in infinity? Try the Infinity Room.
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.
Learn about bike gears using thread spools and a rubber band.
Imagine yourself in the middle of the vast Pacific Ocean. You've been sailing for weeks, and there's no land in sight. Do you know where you are? Do you know which way to go?
Find out why people who love birthday parties should move to Mercury.
Download desktop wallpaper for your computer.
Enjoy the colors and textures of phenomena demonstrated by Exploratorium exhibits.
You may be surprised at the results of this "wimpy" workout.
The three most densely populated cities on the planet where seismologists expect major earthquakes are San Francisco, Tokyo, and Istanbul. Find out why the effects in each city will be very different.
Create your own fish mummy using common baking soda!
Will the "real" South Pole please stand up?
Your guide to the Northern and Southern Lights (also in 'Observatory')
Why is baseball so popular in Japan?
Looking at the night sky can help you see how your eyes and brain make sense out of moonlight.
Cuatro exposiciones lo suficientemente pequeñas para caber en tarjetas postales.
Get down and dirty with the surprising science of soil.
Make a paper model that helps explain the changing tides.
Each webcast, the Exploratorium staff and teachers demonstrate their science projects and compete for the title of IRON SCIENCE TEACHER!
Visit Las Cuevas Research Station in Belize and the Natural History Museum in London to learn about the study of biodiversity.
Seasoned gardeners depend on a community of bacteria, worms, and insects to get the most out of their plantings. Find out why.
Rube Goldberg-inspired cause and effect contraptions using everyday materials and found objects.
The more astronomy changes, the more it stays the same. This series of images juxtaposes ancient and modern study of the celestial bodies.
Recycle a potato chip can into a simple camera.
by • July 3, 2015
Make your own liquid “fireworks” with this simple and safe activity.
Make a simple rocket and a rocket launcher, and watch a demonstration of how the finished rocket will fly.
Oren Ambarchi shares his sound-world of visceral guitar abstraction and fragile textures.
What's the difference between white meat and dark meat? Which animals have which and why?
Design and build a musical instrument that responds to changing light.
Everyone seems to love the sound of their own voice in the shower. That's because a simple shower stall produces some complex sound-altering effects.
Wind tubes are a playful and inventive way to explore the effect that moving air has on objects.
Launch a rocket with a plastic pop bottle and use Height Site to figure out how high it flies.
Step inside San Francisco's landmark camera obscura with operator Robert Tacchetto.
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