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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 hands-on 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.
Seasoned gardeners depend on a community of bacteria, worms, and insects to get the most out of their plantings. Find out why.
Recycle some cans to make after-dinner music!
Specialized cells have a common origin. What sets them on separate paths?
See how we cut the Exploratorium in two for seismic safety.
Listen to bird songs and try to figure out which are songs, which are companion calls, and which are alarms.
Watch out for stratification of objects—it's nuts.
Make a scale model of the Solar System and learn the REAL definition of "space."
It's easy to fold a sheet of paper in half. But can you fold a sheet of paper in half ten times?
Tour the Breads of the World
Stand outside on a sunny day with a watch in your hand, and you can tell which way is north.
Technological developments have changed how we view Earth. See LandSat images and learn more about our home planet.
Explore the unknown world inside your brain with these fun activities.
See how 3D printing can be used to make art.
Study ultraviolet radiation from the sun and other sources using UV beads.
Find out why balls bounce--or fail to bounce.
Explore the surprising side of sound
Tinker with electricity using common objects: batteries, lights, buzzers, motors, switches, etc.
Learn how living things get energy from dead ones in this interactive exhibit.
Art/science teams explore the underlying systems that give the San Francisco Bay Area its unique character.
Shake up soil and water to see liquefaction at work.
Illuminate your understanding of how batteries work.
by Mary Miller • January 18, 2019
Science lost in a government shutdown.
Tour a hydroponic greenhouse in frozen Antarctica.
Observe Theo Jansen and a strandbeest strolling on a sunny beach.
A multifaceted exhibition that explored genetics and the Human Genome Project from a variety of perspectives from April 8 to September 4, 1995.
Remote sensing allows geologists to peek under the ice – and find a big surprise.
Read stories and see footage from the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake.
Watch live coverage of the InSight Lander plunge through the Martian atmosphere.
Take a hands-on look at the science of cocktails.
In this activity, students make bridges using an oil-based modeling clay (plasticene).
A series of talks celebrating both the historical and contemporary dimensions of the Eames design legacy.
How do you stop and steer a bicycle? What forces keep the bicycle from falling over?
Get to know the grandfather of all instruments: the pipe organ.
Can you cover your kitchen tracks?
See if you can put these sounds back together in this sonic jigsaw puzzle.
Meet Fi Henshall, an automata artist showcased at the Curious Contraptions exhibition.
Use this desktop widget to view current science news feeds on your computer.
Discover secret colors hidden in a black marker!
An ordinary metal spoon can make some astounding sounds!
Heat-trapping gases play a major role in polar climate change.
Rube Goldberg-inspired cause and effect contraptions using everyday materials and found objects.
Wade into a sea of images and sounds with Actual Reality.
Get to know the rock-zapping laser and telescope known as ChemCam.
Get messy with ExploraGoo and Outrageous Ooze! Get airborne with the Fabulous Foam Flyer! Get loud with the Water Gong or Straw Oboe!
by Paul Doherty • March 4, 2016
How can an event end the day before it begins?
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