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Try this collection of prompts for tinkering at home.
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 science of music with us, through these online exhibits, movies, and questions.
Skilled listeners share their secrets.
What kinds of candy are made and enjoyed in where you live?
Find out what it's REALLY like on Mars.
Make yourself giant or tiny with a snip of the scissors.
Use this handy conversion calculator to convert between the many units found in recipes.
Visit the otherworldly wind turbines of the Altamont Pass.
by Sebastian • August 16, 2019
What can you do with a frozen water balloon? Plenty!
Discover the difference between taste and smell.
Here's how you can model the use of X rays for medical examinations with some sand and a piece of screen.
The earth moves in mysterious ways
Make it grow . . . bigger, lusher, juicier.
by Mary Miller • October 18, 2017
Fall is fire season in California, worse this year than ever before.
by Liz Ball • September 14, 2017
Cassini prepares for the end of an era.
A multifaceted exhibition that explored genetics and the Human Genome Project from a variety of perspectives from April 8 to September 4, 1995.
Learn how helium enables deep-sea divers to breathe under pressure.
Put on a mask and see how we communicate with our bodies as well as with our faces and words.
Join the Exploratorium on the playa in Black Rock Desert and explore the science of pyrotechnics, flight, dust devils, rainbows, and more.
Watch old pennies turn bright and shiny right before your eyes!
Sometimes we can learn about outer space when space objects come to us.
Think you have a lot in common with a kiwi fruit? Genetically speaking, you do.
Brush up on the basics of Mars and Mars rovers.
by Josh Bacigalupi • February 22, 2017
Adaptive Work is understanding in the face of Complexity.
Recycle some cans to make after-dinner music!
Download a PDF file with step-by-step instructions for doing your own cow's eye dissection.
What's at fault?
Learn how to make beautiful "paintings" with soap and water.
Visit the Outdoor Exploratorium at Fort Mason to explore the science behind wind, waves, and more.
You can make a light painting with a light source, a darkened room, and a digital camera.
Living along the continental coastline of Antarctica are the emperors and the Adélies.
Check out our coverage of NASA’s rover, Curiosity, from 2012.
by Eclipse Field Crew • February 29, 2016
Dispatches from our crew in Micronesia.
The air-filled sculptures of Inflatable keep it light.
See the light of the exhibit Aurora.
by Eileen Campbell • January 28, 2016
Why are we going to Micronesia to broadcast a solar eclipse?
In February 2009, the Exploratorium hosted Darwin Days, a series of presentations, debates, and discussions exploring the ways scientists continue to learn from and apply their knowledge of evolutionary biology to a broad range of pursuits.
What is a gear ratio? And how do gears help make the bicycle so efficient?
Crabeaters have extraordinary teeth, Weddells are downright cute, and leopards are as fierce as their namesake
A downloadable series of graphics from our Faultline website gives a snapshot of seismic science.
Learn about the body's vital defense force.
Experience the magic of toy- and puppetmaker Hernán Lira.
See what plankton live under and around the Exploratorium.
A do-it-yourself cartoon kit. It's easy to make pictures move!
Explore the unknown world inside your brain with these fun activities.
Rube Goldberg-inspired cause and effect contraptions using everyday materials and found objects.
Chase the shadow of the rare total lunar eclipse.
Take a microscopic tour of the staff of life.
Enjoy strandbeests making their way across the beach.
An introduction to spectra and to the space-based telescopes. The site includes a number of hands-on activities.
by Paul Dancstep • August 25, 2015
Do prime numbers "feel" different than the other numbers?
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