Reopening July 1! What to expect
Try this collection of prompts for tinkering at home.
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.
Playing games is a great way to exercise your brain. Even a simple game like Tic-Tac-Toe can teach you about strategy.
An introduction to the concepts and theories that contribute to contemporary complexity research.
Lisa Miller is a mechanic and teacher who shows her auto shop students how to use their listening skills to fix cars.
Activities and History
What does it take to block gamma radiation?
Use dominoes to model a nerve cell's transmission of a signal
Resonate with Bosun's Bass, a sound work inspired by mariners' whistles.
Shake up soil and water to see liquefaction at work.
Make cool boxes out of old (or new) greeting cards and postcards.
Explore the surprising side of color.
Opera singers carry notes that seem to last forever. How do they do it?
by Rob Rothfarb • February 11, 2011
Visitors experienced the sights and smells of "Meta Cookie', an augmented reality installation at After Dark: Get Surreal.
In an earthquake, some older structures collapse and others stand tall. The difference is usually retrofitting.
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.
Learn about the most important piece of equipment-- your feet!
by Eileen Campbell • September 7, 2016
Road trip! Scouting Oregon locations for filming the 2017 solar eclipse.
At Light Island, play with transmitted and reflected light.
Learn how changes in genes over generations created the modern goldfish.
Experience A.J. Racy's compositions exploring ancient forms from Middle Eastern culture.
How are emotional expressions built?
Do hot water and cold water mix?
Take a hands-on look at the science of cocktails.
Filmmaker Paul Clipson describes his artistic process as an Artist-in-Residence.
Scratch Film, also known as Direct Animation, is the process of drawing and scratching designs directly onto film.
Stand outside on a sunny day with a watch in your hand, and you can tell which way is north.
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?
How do scientists establish the age of artifacts, rocks, and settlements?
Why do road bikes have thin tires, while mountain bikes have fat tires?
by Mary Miller • October 18, 2017
Fall is fire season in California, worse this year than ever before.
Get down and dirty with the surprising science of soil.
Meteor, meteorite, meteoroid – what's the difference?
Teeth are the most common fossils found. What can they tell us?
What's really going on when you bake? Find out.
Make your own refracting telescope from a pair of reading glasses.
Grow spikes of crystals in the sun.
Visit Las Cuevas Research Station in Belize and the Natural History Museum in London to learn about the study of biodiversity.
Shake it 'til you break it (or not).
Go behind the scenes of Self, Made with its curators and advisors.
Activités pour la classe élémentaire.
Shake the artistry of mixology with the science behind the craft.
This stuff can't make up its mind -- is it a liquid or a solid?
See links relevant to the themes presented in the Traits of Life exhibition.
Learn what you'll need to break water into hydrogen and oxygen.
Reflect on the deeper significance of Soap Film Painting.
Split light into its different wavelengths using simple materials.
by Sebastian • August 16, 2019
Wind tubes are a playful and inventive way to explore the effect that moving air has on objects.
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