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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.
The Instruments Aboard the Mars Exploration Rover
by Exploratorium Staff • June 15, 2015
Juan Felipe Herrera has been tapped as the next poet laureate of the United States
Uncover the everyday origins of some extraordinary instruments.
Watch old pennies turn bright and shiny right before your eyes!
Learn how living things get energy from dead ones in this interactive exhibit.
What happens to a cylinder when you scale it up?
Learn how Hubble Telescope scientists put together those lovely pictures.
Why do teens take risks, and what do our notions of risk tell us about the dangers of growing up?
by Josh Bacigalupi • September 26, 2016
Complexity: what is it and why it matters
See astounding musical instruments made by Bart Hopkin
Learn to "fly" on one of the Exploratorium's oldest exhibits.
Listen to Wayne Grim's musical representation of the transit of Venus.
Demonstrations of electric Robo-Cars made by 22 Science Summer students.
Find out why biodiversity benefits plants and people alike.
Learn how to bridge the digital generation gap
Four times over 100-plus years, major initiatives have brought together scientists from around the globe to collaboratively study the poles.
Here are some activities that test your memory – and some things you can try to help you remember things better.
Listen to the sound of a rainstorm – anytime, anywhere.
Use dominoes to model a nerve cell's transmission of a signal
Discover music where you never expected to find it.
by Eileen Campbell • July 8, 2017
Watch the moon pass through its phases as we count down to the total solar eclipse. Tonight: a full moon.
Immerse yourself in visual storytelling that extends beyond theater walls.
by • June 19, 2015
Start your weekend with some of the top science news of the week.
Visit the beating heart of the Exploratorium—our shop.
Tour the Breads of the World
You can make sentences without words!
by Mary Miller • August 20, 2016
Join a Live Deep Sea Exploration of our Coastal Sanctuary
Decorate your white walls with rainbow colors!
Each webcast, the Exploratorium staff and teachers demonstrate their science projects and compete for the title of IRON SCIENCE TEACHER!
Make a fantastic toy that shimmers when you shake it.
If you want to dig a ditch in the Arctic, you'd better bring more than a shovel.
Use printable images from our time-lapse movies to make flipbooks–handheld animations that you can make at home.
Learn about origami, make your own paper, and find out the best way to fold a paper airplane.
Zoom into a fossil chimp tooth.
Find out what it takes to monitor climate change.
Recycle some cans to make after-dinner music!
Students become Internet researchers and learn about NASA satellites.
Explore the ideas behind Science of Sharing with these Activities.
Use live data to check the weather in space, and learn how it can affect us here on earth.
This clay building activity shows that when you make things bigger, weight increases faster than strength.
See living stem cells and find out why they are the "stem" from which all other cells develop.
Complete an electrical circuit with your body and explore ways to control the flow of electricity.
Learn the science behind bad hair days, and learn how hair increases its length when humidity increases, making curly hair frizz and straight hair go limp.
Step inside San Francisco's landmark camera obscura with operator Robert Tacchetto.
Can you see pictures in the air?
by Liz Ball • September 14, 2017
Cassini prepares for the end of an era.
Resonance live interview with artist Lisa Mezzacappa.
Enjoy the early memories of some of the visitors to this website.
Design and build a musical instrument that responds to changing light.
Listen to bird songs and try to figure out which are songs, which are companion calls, and which are alarms.
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