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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.
Hear from Theo Jansen how the strandbeests' feet have changed and why.
Experience the thrilling improvisations of renowned cellist Okkyung Lee.
Learn about bike gears using thread spools and a rubber band.
Learn how changes in genes over generations created the modern goldfish.
Go inside the Industrial Light & Magic model shop.
Join us as we crunch our way through everything from our San Francisco sourdough to Injera and Pugliese.
Summertime in the Arctic is for the birds
Make a piece of tinsel fly—learn how here.
Get an up-close view of the Galapagos Rift Zone.
Can you reverse ocean acidification in a cup?
Rainbows on the ceiling, rainbows on the floor.
See how our location over San Francisco Bay helps save energy.
Visit Las Cuevas Research Station in Belize and the Natural History Museum in London to learn about the study of biodiversity.
by Sebastian • August 16, 2019
Far north in the night sky, a faint glow appears on the horizon. Green and red flames of light stretch across the sky.
Can a gum wrapper have a story? Discover just how important and meaningful an object can be.
Watch Theo Jansen prepare to release a strandbeest on the beach.
Make a paper model that helps explain the changing tides.
Discover the uncommon stories behind the most common fruits and vegetables.
How good is your friend's driving? You be the seismometer, and find out whether your pal is a smooth sailor or a mover and shaker.
Find out why biodiversity benefits plants and people alike.
Lisa Miller is a mechanic and teacher who shows her auto shop students how to use their listening skills to fix cars.
See living stem cells and find out why they are the "stem" from which all other cells develop.
Follow the process of revitalizing the Buchanan Mall in the Western Addition.
Cuatro exposiciones lo suficientemente pequeñas para caber en tarjetas postales.
Discover secret colors hidden in a black marker!
A brief introduction to the land of the midnight sun.
With just mud, paper and an egg, you can grow colonies of multi-hued microbes!
Each webcast, the Exploratorium staff and teachers demonstrate their science projects and compete for the title of IRON SCIENCE TEACHER!
Just how much fat is in ground beef? You may be surprised.
Buy discounted tickets online—hop-off at stop #3 to visit the Exploratorium.
Just how do we remember a face?
What do plants know about numbers? Paul Dancstep investigates.
Touch supercooled water drops with an ice crystal and trigger them to freeze instantly.
Learn about origami, make your own paper, and find out the best way to fold a paper airplane.
One man's journey into blindness
See why these beautiful flowers have attracted generations of admirers.
Decorate your desktop with some of the most intriguing pattern and perception images from the Exploratorium.
Where is the Center of the Universe? Here, there, and everywhere.
Three auditory illusions created by students from the Center for Electronic Art.
See a map of recent earthquakes in the United States, and learn why earthquakes happen so frequently on the West Coast.
Listen to bird songs and try to figure out which are songs, which are companion calls, and which are alarms.
Think you have a lot in common with a kiwi fruit? Genetically speaking, you do.
Try your hand at explaining symbols both modern and ancient, and then make your own.
Kid-friendly explorations and experiments for curious minds.
How are creative investigations sparked? What does a state of inspiration feel like? Can inspiration be transmitted from person to person? Join us for an audio slideshow series that explores the fascinating world of how we work creatively.
Do the Bird in a Cage experiment with some basic materials.
There's more to polar ice than just frozen water. Learn about the many varieties of ice found at the poles and how and where they form.
Bubbles are round when they float free through air. But what happens when you pack bubbles together?
Watch tiny blue, green, and white molds grow on leftover food.
The 18,000-foot Mt. Parinacota presents some fitness challenges for climbers.
Learn about the most important piece of equipment-- your feet!
This is an easy grafting project for beginners.
Listen to the sound of a rainstorm – anytime, anywhere.
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