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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.
Close your eyes and listen to tell where the paddle is when you play this all-listening version of the classic game Pong.
Use this handy conversion calculator to convert between the many units found in recipes.
Explore the mysterious interactions between light and geography through the eyes and works of artists Charles Ross and James Turrell.
Learn about ocean acidification with this simple experiment.
See if you can put these sounds back together in this sonic jigsaw puzzle.
Use the Science Journal mobile app to investigate the light around you.
Learn how eyes work, and watch a cow's eye dissection. Then follow step-by-step instructions to do a cow's eye dissection yourself.
The lure of Terra Australis Incognita begins with the Ancient Greeks and ends with modern cruise ships.
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.
Hear tales of visual-effects adventure from ILM's Lorne Peterson.
An artist paints his childhood home from memory.
Land of ice and people
See links relevant to the themes presented in the Traits of Life exhibition.
Go into the studio with some of the automata artists from our Curious Contraptions exhibition.
Do hot water and cold water mix?
Your worn shoe soles reveal whether your feet roll excessively from side to side as you walk.
Make a scale model of the Solar System and learn the REAL definition of "space."
Your guide to the Northern and Southern Lights (also in 'Observatory')
Why do road bikes have thin tires, while mountain bikes have fat tires?
The majority of Barrow residents are indigenous people who live both traditional and modern lives
What do you really know about what you see?
Explore webcasts, stories, dispatches, photos, and articles of total and annular solar eclipses and transits.
Make a photographic image without a camera!
Did you know the Maya used two calendars? How did they know when to plan their big New Year's parties?
Decorate your desktop with some of the most intriguing pattern and perception images from the Exploratorium.
Who lives in the Arctic, and how did they get there?
Use dominoes to model a nerve cell's transmission of a signal
A rock-climbing physicist explores the mechanics of his hands.
Shake it 'til you break it (or not).
Rube Goldberg-inspired cause and effect contraptions using everyday materials and found objects.
Saving seeds helps preserve the culture of Native American farmers in the American Southwest and northern Mexico.
Explore mechanical elements such as cams, levers, and linkages to create your own moving sculpture.
Hear vocal tract models transform the squawk of a duck call into vowel sounds.
Dive into compositions exploring ancient forms from Middle Eastern cultures.
A Scribbling Machine is a motorized contraption that moves in unusual ways and leaves a mark to trace it's path.
Create your own fish mummy using common baking soda!
Get to know Pier 15, one of the greenest buildings around.
Explore a part of the Galapagos that Darwin never saw.
Go deep into the development of our Give Heart Cells a Beat exhibit.
Can a gum wrapper have a story? Discover just how important and meaningful an object can be.
A trash-filled median blossoms into a community oasis.
What can you do with a frozen water balloon? Plenty!
The nearly ice-free Dry Valleys are an Antarctic anomaly, and Earth's closest equivalent to Mars.
Measure the brightness of the sun using cooking oil and a white card.
by Eileen Campbell • July 22, 2017
Watch the moon pass through its phases as we count down to the total solar eclipse. Today: a waning crescent moon.
In an earthquake, some older structures collapse and others stand tall. The difference is usually retrofitting.
Explore the Traits of Life exhibition space using this 360˚ panorama.
Could your own brain betray you?
The frozen worlds of the Arctic and Antarctica
by Sebastian • August 16, 2019
In the 1870s, an American woman could not vote. She could not own property in her own name after marriage. But she could play ball. . .
Leonardo's famous painting is used in an interesting perceptual experiment.
Activities and History
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