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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.
Explore the surprising side of color.
For accuracy, it's best to use both a candy thermometer and the cold water test when making candy.
The lure of Terra Australis Incognita begins with the Ancient Greeks and ends with modern cruise ships.
Explore the scientific, historical, and cultural context behind a new opera about the first atomic bomb test.
Get a taste of how the earth's plates move.
Tour a hydroponic greenhouse in frozen Antarctica.
by Liz Ball • July 13, 2017
Join the Kronos Quartet for a performance like no other.
See how 3D printing can be used to make art.
Be mesmerized by the PVC structure that allows Strandbeests to walk.
Each webcast, the Exploratorium staff and teachers demonstrate their science projects and compete for the title of IRON SCIENCE TEACHER!
Get down and dirty with the surprising science of soil.
Feel the weight of the atmosphere—plus a little extra.
Bone conduction is another pathway to listening.
Learn about origami, make your own paper, and find out the best way to fold a paper airplane.
Explore mechanical elements such as cams, levers, and linkages to create your own moving sculpture.
See a map of recent earthquakes in the United States, and learn why earthquakes happen so frequently on the West Coast.
How can forensic science become more scientific?
Why is baseball so popular in Japan?
by Sebastian • August 16, 2019
Think you have a lot in common with a kiwi fruit? Genetically speaking, you do.
Can you trust your own memory? Find out with this activity.
Stand in the intersection of the traditional and the avant-garde.
Pick one and guess the source
Explore the places, people, tools, and ideas behind the origins of matter, the universe, and life itself.
Make a bird appear in a cage using only your eyes.
The common ground between pickles, cheese, bread, wine, and many other foods.
Get your antennae ready for what's on the airwaves.
Activities and workshops for playful invention, investigation, and collaboration
Heat-trapping gases play a major role in polar climate change.
Come along as we explore the cool, dark world of cheese.
Activities and History
Learn the details of NASA's 2014 Rosetta Mission.
The more astronomy changes, the more it stays the same. This series of images juxtaposes ancient and modern study of the celestial bodies.
Separate light into colors with an old CD.
Use the Science Journal mobile app to investigate movement.
You can make a light painting with a light source, a darkened room, and a digital camera.
Human are preparing to travel to Mars—would you go?
Tiny shrimplike crustaceans, krill play a critical roll in many marine food webs, even feeding huge baleen whales.
Contemplate the continuum of cinema at After Dark.
Living along the continental coastline of Antarctica are the emperors and the Adélies.
The only continent without any countries or government . . .
Investigate the interior angles of polygons with your feet.
See astounding musical instruments made by Bart Hopkin
They're a menace to ships, but life thrives in these frozen oases.
Meet the robotic explorers that landed on Mars in 2004, and check out their tools and instruments.
In an earthquake, some older structures collapse and others stand tall. The difference is usually retrofitting.
Want to see where the biggest quakes have been this week? Follow a few of the links below to see what's shaking in your neighborhood and around the world.
Do hot water and cold water mix?
We can't predict when an earthquake will occur, but we can avoid some potential disasters.
See living stem cells and find out why they are the "stem" from which all other cells develop.
Step inside San Francisco's landmark camera obscura with operator Robert Tacchetto.
Why do teens take risks, and what do our notions of risk tell us about the dangers of growing up?
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