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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.
In an earthquake, some older structures collapse and others stand tall. The difference is usually retrofitting.
Humpbacks, minkes, and orcas are often sighted in the nutrient-rich Antarctic waters.
Grow marshmallows to monstrous proportions!
A do-it-yourself cartoon kit. It's easy to make pictures move!
The Science Information Infrastructure (SII) is a collaboration among teachers and scientists. The SII at the Exploratorium is developing educational resources using NASA images and datasets.
Check out our coverage of NASA’s rover, Curiosity, from 2012.
Why is your shadow longer in winter than in summer? Grab a basketball and some paperclips and find out!
Each webcast, the Exploratorium staff and teachers demonstrate their science projects and compete for the title of IRON SCIENCE TEACHER!
Seasoned gardeners depend on a community of bacteria, worms, and insects to get the most out of their plantings. Find out why.
Imaginative Designs in Digital and Analog Clothing
Explore the idiosyncrasies of strandbeest motion as one traverses the beach.
In 2009, the ECHO (Education through Cultural and Historical Organizations) Partners hosted a national symposium held at the Exploratorium to discuss the effects of climate change on the planet. You can watch archived webcasts of the symposium.
Insight into genes, reproduction, and cancer
Make your own refracting telescope from a pair of reading glasses.
Enjoy the early memories of some of the visitors to this website.
At Light Island, play with transmitted and reflected light.
Listen to the 21 calls of Tim Hawkinson's "Bosun's Bass."
Learn about origami, make your own paper, and find out the best way to fold a paper airplane.
Specialized cells have a common origin. What sets them on separate paths?
British artist Tim Hunkin discusses his whimsical Tinkerer's Clock.
Explore the scientific, historical, and cultural context behind a new opera about the first atomic bomb test.
A multifaceted exhibition that explored genetics and the Human Genome Project from a variety of perspectives from April 8 to September 4, 1995.
Discover the difference between taste and smell.
This clay building activity shows that when you make things bigger, weight increases faster than strength.
Four downloadable workshop guides for teaching introductory genetics in a museum or other informal education setting.
fat, proteins, collagen, and more
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.
In this activity, you'll learn about "tempering" -- a delicate process of melting and cooling chocolate.
Experience Wayne Grim's sonification of the transit of Venus.
Build a scale model of waves of red and blue light.
We Moved! Follow Us to San Francisco’s Historic Waterfront
A model for heart development
You can measure your reaction time with just a yardstick and some help from a friend.
Geometry Playground will change the way you think about geometry. This exhibition engages your hands, brain, and body in playful investigations of this most visible branch of math.
Build a stripped-down motor, a simple, easy-to-make version of the electric motors found in toys, tools, and appliances.
Learn how Hubble Telescope scientists put together those lovely pictures.
An incubator for innovative public space ideas, projects and news
Professional development resources for teacher educators.
Use live data to make your own wave predictions, wherever you are.
Journey into Chaco Canyon, where ancient people built monuments to the cosmos. Journey to Chichén Itzá, where the Maya built monuments to the sun.
Read stories and see footage from the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake.
Watch old pennies turn bright and shiny right before your eyes!
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.
Tour a hydroponic greenhouse in frozen Antarctica.
Explore the surprising side of color.
Close your eyes and listen to tell where the paddle is when you play this all-listening version of the classic game Pong.
What's the science behind a home run? Why do curveballs curve? Learn about the game from players from the S.F. Giants & Oakland A's.
A fish-eye view of the brain
A collection of auditory illusions found in indigenous folk practices, popular music, and scientific research.
Learn about common techniques for peering inside the body in order to diagnose disease and injury.
See living stem cells and find out why they are the "stem" from which all other cells develop.
The more astronomy changes, the more it stays the same. This series of images juxtaposes ancient and modern study of the celestial bodies.
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