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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.
Take an impressionistic journey through the Exploratorium's Life Sciences area.
With polarized light, you can make a stained glass window without gla
Make your own refracting telescope from a pair of reading glasses.
Explore the places, people, tools, and ideas behind the origins of matter, the universe, and life itself.
Listen as we demonstrate the meaning of sound jargon.
Stand in the intersection of the traditional and the avant-garde.
Explore our media collection
Enjoy strandbeests making their way across the beach.
The more astronomy changes, the more it stays the same. This series of images juxtaposes ancient and modern study of the celestial bodies.
What is a gear ratio? And how do gears help make the bicycle so efficient?
An introduction to the concepts and theories that contribute to contemporary complexity research.
The Antarctic food web is the simplest on the planet, and krill are at its hub.
Show yourself how a pinch of salt can take the bitter taste away.
Join Theo Jansen and watch the strandbeests come alive.
Fly through the air with the greatest of ease—on an airship.
Get a taste of how the earth's plates move.
Learn how wind energy is generated and stored at Altamont Pass.
Design and build a musical instrument that responds to changing light.
An evening of wine, food, and talk.
Watch old pennies turn bright and shiny right before your eyes!
Crabeaters have extraordinary teeth, Weddells are downright cute, and leopards are as fierce as their namesake
Get to know the rock-zapping laser and telescope known as ChemCam.
Download a PDF file with step-by-step instructions for doing your own cow's eye dissection.
Find out why wind resistance is a big drag for bicyclists, and use our calculator to estimate drag for yourself.
Produce some pretty mixed-up music with this online interactive.
Make a crowd-pleasing noisemaker called a sound sandwich, which you can adjust to raise or lower its pitch.
Join us for the music/cinema duo The Freddy McGuire Show.
by Steve Gennrich • April 3, 2015
The Studio for Public Spaces team is leading the way at the Market Street Prortyping Fesitval.
Explore our app and measure the time of your life.
Open a celestial and technological time capsule—watch this eclipse webcast.
What do you really know about what you see?
Find your rhythm—or bring to life the music in your head.
We can't predict when an earthquake will occur, but we can avoid some potential disasters.
Try these low-cost, teacher-tested activities for the classroom and the curious.
What geometric shapes can you find on the playground?
Join curator Marina McDougall for a conversation with photographer Lena Herzog.
How do you stop and steer a bicycle? What forces keep the bicycle from falling over?
Touch supercooled water drops with an ice crystal and trigger them to freeze instantly.
Polarized light passing through sugar, water "rotates" to reveal beautiful colors.
A drop of water makes a fine magnifying lens.
Use dominoes to model a nerve cell's transmission of a signal
How does ocean acidification affect humans and sea life?
See recent articles on polar science.
British artist Tim Hunkin discusses his whimsical Tinkerer's Clock.
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.
A do-it-yourself cartoon kit. It's easy to make pictures move!
Why are San Francisco summers so foggy?
Grow spikes of crystals in the sun.
Hear vocal tract models transform the squawk of a duck call into vowel sounds.
Get an up-close view of the Galapagos Rift Zone.
Land of ice and people
Visit Las Cuevas Research Station in Belize and the Natural History Museum in London to learn about the study of biodiversity.
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.
Modelos plásticos huecos del aparato vocal humano convierten el graznido de un pato en sonidos de vocales.
See how TV screens create images from many tiny colored dots of light.
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