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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 hands-on 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 your own stalagmites in luscious colors.
The Exploratorium wasn't built in a day—watch it go up in a minute.
Hear from Theo Jansen how the strandbeests' feet have changed and why.
Cameras taught us the math of vision—find out how.
Design and build a musical instrument that responds to changing light.
Discover music where you never expected to find it.
Discover the artistry behind some of cinema's most iconic scenes.
Interact with the Cafe Wall Illusion.
The earth moves in mysterious ways
What is a gear ratio? And how do gears help make the bicycle so efficient?
See the JPL "sandbox" where robotic rovers are tested.
How does the Mars rover teach us about more than space?
On Saturday, May 6th, 2000 we hosted a live panel discussion and webcast to explore the amazing phenomena of Star Trek.
Make your own refracting telescope from a pair of reading glasses.
by Steve Gennrich • April 3, 2015
The Studio for Public Spaces team is leading the way at the Market Street Prortyping Fesitval.
Play. Invent. Explore. PIE is a group of educators who share a playful and inventive approach to teaching with technology.
Dig into the succulent science of making things grow.
Take a timeline tour of our past and present.
High energy prices got you down? Discover how pickles can ease your troubles.
Explore our app and measure the time of your life.
Sometimes we can learn about outer space when space objects come to us.
With just mud, paper and an egg, you can grow colonies of multi-hued microbes!
Explore mechanical elements such as cams, levers, and linkages to create your own moving sculpture.
by Mary Miller • July 19, 2019
Live chat with an Arctic research expedition.
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?
Your guide to the Northern and Southern Lights (also in 'Observatory')
Learn how changes in genes over generations created the modern goldfish.
Why are San Francisco summers so foggy?
Why is the bicycle the most efficient way to travel? Explore bicycle science and culture.
Take to the skies with Virgin America's flight simulator.
Not all bubbles are made with soap!
Try your hand at explaining symbols both modern and ancient, and then make your own.
Explore small, surreal worlds through Curious Contraptions automata.
Find out why balls bounce--or fail to bounce.
Join us for an interview with musician and composer Dan Deacon.
Take an animated tour of Antarctica's variety of ice formations, which give it a beauty unrivaled anywhere on Earth.
What's the difference between white meat and dark meat? Which animals have which and why?
Build a bridge from a piece of paper and explore ways of making it stronger.
Explore the scientific, historical, and cultural context behind a new opera about the first atomic bomb test.
Feed your head at our adults-only After Dark program.
The common ground between pickles, cheese, bread, wine, and many other foods.
Immerse yourself in music and visual motion by Marielle Jakobsons.
Explore the places, people, tools, and ideas behind the origins of matter, the universe, and life itself.
Get a lesson in listening from Doniga Markegard, an expert wildlife tracker.
Wind tubes are a playful and inventive way to explore the effect that moving air has on objects.
Be mesmerized by the PVC structure that allows Strandbeests to walk.
Activities and workshops for playful invention, investigation, and collaboration
Experience the psychedelic visuals of the legendary Joshua Light Show.
The brightest buds get all the glory – but they're not just for show.
Can a gum wrapper have a story? Discover just how important and meaningful an object can be.
Why is baseball so popular in Japan?
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