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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.
Listen to bird songs and try to figure out which are songs, which are companion calls, and which are alarms.
Explore a part of the Galapagos that Darwin never saw.
Activities and History
Try these low-cost, teacher-tested activities for the classroom and the curious.
Lisa Miller is a mechanic and teacher who shows her auto shop students how to use their listening skills to fix cars.
A model for heart development
The air-filled sculptures of Inflatable keep it light.
Watch contemporary musicians and sound artists perform and discuss their work.
British artist Tim Hunkin discusses his whimsical Tinkerer's Clock.
Pick one and guess the source
Hear from artist and multi-instrumentalist Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe.
Recycle some cans to make after-dinner music!
Human corpses decay alfresco, all in the name of forensic science.
In this activity, students make bridges using an oil-based modeling clay (plasticene).
See if you can put these sounds back together in this sonic jigsaw puzzle.
Using a spectroscope, you may see that what appears to be a single color of light is really a combination of colors called a spectrum.
Meet a kinetic sculptor.
Use the numbers on four cards to make up equations that equal the number on a fifth card.
Here's how you can model the use of X rays for medical examinations with some sand and a piece of screen.
Ever notice how noisy people are?
Explore the unknown world inside your brain with these fun activities.
How are emotional expressions built?
Bring movie, TV, and cartoon images to life.
Make a scale model of the Solar System and learn the REAL definition of "space."
Journey into Chaco Canyon, where ancient people built monuments to the cosmos. Journey to Chichén Itzá, where the Maya built monuments to the sun.
Hold a paper airplane contest and discover which plane flies the best.
What kinds of candy are made and enjoyed in where you live?
Watch ancient text revealed and read for the first time in a thousand years!
Close your eyes and listen to tell where the paddle is when you play this all-listening version of the classic game Pong.
Visit Kendon Candies, a lollipop factory in San Jose, California
What's really going on when you bake? Find out.
This is an easy grafting project for beginners.
An ordinary metal spoon can make some astounding sounds!
Close your eyes – and open your ears.
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