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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 Exploratorium is taking it outside to explore natural and human-made phenomena in and around San Francisco. Look for new episodes twice each month.
The more astronomy changes, the more it stays the same. This series of images juxtaposes ancient and modern study of the celestial bodies.
Get a taste of how the earth's plates move.
At Black Sand, see the shape of an invisible magnetic field.
Build cantilevers from bamboo garden poles and drinking straws and discover the importance of scale.
Explode your approach to vinegar and baking soda reactions.
An inside look at a chicken's egg.
Join us as we crunch our way through everything from our San Francisco sourdough to Injera and Pugliese.
What's at fault?
Make a spinning disc called a stroboscope, which lets you create your own animated cartoon.
Listen to internationally recognized authorities on human thought and behavior, including Temple Grandin and Paul Ekman.
What's really going on when you bake? Find out.
A naked egg is an egg without a shell. Using vinegar, you can dissolve the eggshell without breaking the membrane that contains the egg.
Explore small, surreal worlds through Curious Contraptions automata.
Most paper airplanes are flat, but these paper hoops can really fly!
Make your own refracting telescope from a pair of reading glasses.
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.
Turn your phone into a pocket science laboratory with tools to measure light, motion, sound, and more.
There are about 500 dispatches from scientists working in the Arctic and Antarctica, along with original videos, photos, webcasts, and articles.
Explore light, shadow, and motion using a variety of simple materials and light sources.
Do the Bird in a Cage experiment with some basic materials.
Download a PDF file with step-by-step instructions for doing your own cow's eye dissection.
A brief introduction to the land of the midnight sun.
Want to understand how to predict when the good waves are coming to your shore? It helps to start with the basics behind the formation of ocean waves.
An incubator for innovative public space ideas, projects and news
Contemplate the continuum of cinema at After Dark.
Can you cover your kitchen tracks?
Learn to use the Wired Pier Data Explorer web app.
In the 1870s, an American woman could not vote. She could not own property in her own name after marriage. But she could play ball. . .
Measure the brightness of the sun using cooking oil and a white card.
A series of talks celebrating both the historical and contemporary dimensions of the Eames design legacy.
Just how much fat is in ground beef? You may be surprised.
Get a behind-the-scenes look at activities and ideas we’re exploring.
Tinker with electricity using common objects: batteries, lights, buzzers, motors, switches, etc.
Playing games is a great way to exercise your brain. Even a simple game like Tic-Tac-Toe can teach you about strategy.
Rube Goldberg-inspired cause and effect contraptions using everyday materials and found objects.
Can you believe your eyes?
Activities and workshops for playful invention, investigation, and collaboration
Explore a part of the Galapagos that Darwin never saw.
Four exhibits small enough to fit on postcards.
Do hot water and cold water mix?
Sperimenta interattivamente l'illusione del muro del caffé.
Stand outside on a sunny day with a watch in your hand, and you can tell which way is north.
by Eileen Campbell • July 22, 2017
Watch the moon pass through its phases as we count down to the total solar eclipse. Today: a new moon.
The air-filled sculptures of Inflatable keep it light.
The 18,000-foot Mt. Parinacota presents some fitness challenges for climbers.
Explore the science behind food and cooking with recipes, activities, and archived Webcasts.
The Turbulent Orb flows like the surface of Jupiter.
Explore the important engineering concepts of yield strength, ultimate strength, and elasticity as they relate to building a better bicycle.
Why is your shadow longer in winter than in summer? Grab a basketball and some paperclips and find out!
Get messy with ExploraGoo and Outrageous Ooze! Get airborne with the Fabulous Foam Flyer! Get loud with the Water Gong or Straw Oboe!
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