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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.
Build a bridge from a piece of paper and explore ways of making it stronger.
Discover the difference between taste and smell.
Si mira fijamente este punto por algunos momentos, éste desaparece.
Build a mirrored tube that lets you see around corners and over walls.
Learn how Hubble Telescope scientists put together those lovely pictures.
Are there meat by-products in makeup? Can you guess where you might find them?
Enjoy this time-compressed journey along China's Silk Road.
An introduction to spectra and to the space-based telescopes. The site includes a number of hands-on activities.
What does it take to block gamma radiation?
by Mary Miller • February 1, 2018
Big wave secrets are all in the data.
Learn about common techniques for peering inside the body in order to diagnose disease and injury.
Think you have a lot in common with a kiwi fruit? Genetically speaking, you do.
With polarized light, you can make a stained glass window without gla
Listen to the story of Ladle Rat Rotten Hut.
View the night sky from any latitude on earth, and take a guided tour of the Hawaiian star families.
Explore light, shadow, and motion using a variety of simple materials and light sources.
Chase the shadow of the rare total lunar eclipse.
A physicist, a scientist, and a musician experiment with sound, music, and acoustics using instruments both real and found.
Wind tubes are a playful and inventive way to explore the effect that moving air has on objects.
Find out why biodiversity benefits plants and people alike.
This stuff can't make up its mind -- is it a liquid or a solid?
Visit Las Cuevas Research Station in Belize and the Natural History Museum in London to learn about the study of biodiversity.
Jimmy Kuehnle’s inflated artworks engage his audiences with the unexpected.
Explore gluten, the substance that gives bread its structure.
Make a spinning disc called a stroboscope, which lets you create your own animated cartoon.
Are there earthquakes on Mars? Or rather, “marsquakes?"
Not all bubbles are made with soap!
Check out ColorFest, a two-month extravaganza celebrating color at the museum from July 1 to September 5.
by Eileen Campbell • December 29, 2016
Read our picks for the Unsung Science stories of 2016.
A collection of auditory illusions found in indigenous folk practices, popular music, and scientific research.
Find out what all that fiddling around before a concert is really about.
Four times over 100-plus years, major initiatives have brought together scientists from around the globe to collaboratively study the poles.
Learn how wind energy is generated and stored at Altamont Pass.
What can you do with a frozen water balloon? Plenty!
Take an animated tour of Antarctica's variety of ice formations, which give it a beauty unrivaled anywhere on Earth.
Have you ever wondered what makes blue cheese blue, or why some cheeses are hard and others soft?
Lisa Miller is a mechanic and teacher who shows her auto shop students how to use their listening skills to fix cars.
See the JPL "sandbox" where robotic rovers are tested.
Close your eyes and listen to tell where the paddle is when you play this all-listening version of the classic game Pong.
Explore the evolution of music and dance with Alonzo King and Bernie Krause.
Artist Bob Miller's Light Walk at the Exploratorium will change the way you look at light, shadow, and images.
The Maya were expert sky-watchers, careful observers of the motions of the celestial bodies...
A little physics can go a long way on that shortboard.
Make a simple rocket and a rocket launcher, and watch a demonstration of how the finished rocket will fly.
Find out how this extreme sport is governed by the principles of momentum, gravity, friction, and centripetal force. Learn skateboarding history, technology, and more!
The nearly ice-free Dry Valleys are an Antarctic anomaly, and Earth's closest equivalent to Mars.
by Mary Miller • July 19, 2019
Live chat with an Arctic research expedition.
We Moved! Follow Us to San Francisco’s Historic Waterfront
Sit down for compost tea with a visionary cultivator.
Open your eyes to "She Blinded Me With Science."
Pickling is the art of manipulating the microbial garden in foods.
Follow along with expedition leader Bob Ballard and his crew on the exploration vessel Nautilus as they search for hydrothermal vents, underwater volcanoes, and ancient shipwrecks.
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