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.
Grow spikes of crystals in the sun.
Explore the idiosyncrasies of strandbeest motion as one traverses the beach.
Share some secret sounds with a friend.
What do stem cells, fruit flies, and zebrafish look like under a microscope?
What makes Antarctica inhospitable to life also makes it ideal for astronomy.
Do hot water and cold water mix?
Journey into Chaco Canyon, where ancient people built monuments to the cosmos. Journey to Chichén Itzá, where the Maya built monuments to the sun.
View the full eclipse visible from China in 2008.
Activities and History
This clay building activity shows that when you make things bigger, weight increases faster than strength.
by Sebastian • January 20, 2019
A model for heart development
by Eclipse Field Crew • February 29, 2016
Dispatches from our crew in Micronesia.
Find out why people who love birthday parties should move to Mercury.
Take a microscopic tour of the staff of life.
An ordinary metal spoon can make some astounding sounds!
Learn how sparkling wine is made, what makes it different from still wine, and where all those little bubbles come from!
A series of talks celebrating both the historical and contemporary dimensions of the Eames design legacy.
With a lens, you can bend light to make pictures of the world.
How do you stop and steer a bicycle? What forces keep the bicycle from falling over?
by Eileen Campbell • August 7, 2017
Watch the moon pass through its phases as we count down to the total solar eclipse. Tonight: a full moon.
by Shannon Eliot • July 13, 2015
Wondering why we've been seeing sharks in Santa Cruz? Heard about the massive toxic algal bloom off the West Coast?
Summertime in the Arctic is for the birds
Get your ringing questions about sound answered here.
This stuff can't make up its mind -- is it a liquid or a solid?
See a map of recent earthquakes in the United States, and learn why earthquakes happen so frequently on the West Coast.
Meet Carlos Zapata, an automata artist showcased at Curious Contraptions.
Scratch Film, also known as Direct Animation, is the process of drawing and scratching designs directly onto film.
Step inside San Francisco's landmark camera obscura with operator Robert Tacchetto.
Meet Matt Smith, an automata artist showcased at the Curious Contraptions exhibition.
Learn about oxygen and hydrogen after water has been separated.
How can something as light as air slow down a hit?
Enjoy this time-compressed journey along China's Silk Road.
Meet Fi Henshall, an automata artist showcased at the Curious Contraptions exhibition.
We Moved! Follow Us to San Francisco’s Historic Waterfront
Get blinded with science: investigate imaging instruments on the Mars rover.
Using baking soda and vinegar, you can pop a plastic bag with the power of fizz.
The majority of Barrow residents are indigenous people who live both traditional and modern lives
Sometimes we can learn about outer space when space objects come to us.
Are you quick enough to hit a 90 mph fastball?
Stories about science, art, and human perception—from 1998.
Dig into the succulent science of making things grow.
Explore the scientific, historical, and cultural context behind a new opera about the first atomic bomb test.
The untold stories behind scientific discovery.
Identify misalignments in your body by looking at your feet.
Why is your shadow longer in winter than in summer? Grab a basketball and some paperclips and find out!
Explore some ways in which the democratic process can go wrong.
Your CRT screen may appear to wiggle when you give it the raspberry, but the only thing wiggling is you.
by • June 19, 2015
Start your weekend with some of the top science news of the week.
Find out how your eyes work and watch a real dissection of a cow's eye.
by Liz Ball • July 13, 2017
Join the Kronos Quartet for a performance like no other.
Explore the ideas behind Science of Sharing with these Activities.
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