Make sense of timely topics and find general science support for all kinds of classrooms or learning together at home.
Keep students inspired, connected, and supported with science resources and activities that leverage everyday experiences and real-world phenomena.
Hands-On Science Activities
Exploratorium Science Snacks are teacher-tested science activities that bring explorations of natural phenomena to wherever you are. Each Snack uses inexpensive, readily available materials suitable for the classroom and the curious. We’ve made some special collections just for you, including Snacks suitable for K–5 students, Snacks using minimal materials, and Snacks translated into Spanish.
Watch and Do Science
Set the stage to spark delight, discovery, and ongoing learning. These six hands-on, phenomena-driven science learning experiences are designed for K–5 teachers to use in virtual or in-person environments, with minimal prep time and common materials.
Free Educator Workshops
Invite curiosity into your classroom with our new series of free online professional development workshops. Learn how simple, everyday phenomena can be powerful drivers of student engagement, explore hands-on phenomena, reflect and plan with colleagues, and get ideas you can use right away.
Tinkering @ Home
Bend light, see what spins, and explore mechanical motion—these Tinkering prompts invite learners of all ages to play with big ideas using readily available materials.
Digital Teaching Boxes
Explore this collection of Life Science teaching resources for middle and high school students, and learn more about cells, life, and genetics.
Global Climate Change Explorer
Scientists have been studying the relationship between global climate and carbon in the atmosphere for more than a century. Discover how researchers study climate change and examine the latest scientific data.
Science is all around us, and chances are, you’re already doing it. Everyday tasks and moments of simple play can be deep sources of inquiry, learning, and delight.
A parent’s guide to doing science with kids
You don't have to be a scientist or a teacher to experiment and learn alongside your kids. These three tips will help nurture curiosity and investigation as you explore the world of science together.
Tinkering @ Home
Bend light, see what spins, and explore mechanical motion—these Tinkering prompts invite learners of all ages to play with big ideas using things found around the house.
Hungry for Science
Let’s get cooking—Hungry for Science is a video series that explores the science behind tips and tricks in the kitchen.
Family-Friendly Science Snacks
Exploratorium Science Snacks are hands-on activities that explore science that you can construct yourself. This curated collection of Snacks are safe and easy to do with things you probably have around your house.
This collection of Science Snacks—hands-on science activities using readily available materials—is available in Spanish. ¡Disfruta!
Take a virtual tour of the Exploratorium
Bring the Exploratorium to the screen of your choice with this collection of videos hosted by Exploratorium exhibit developers, scientists, and educators.
COVID-19 Science Spotlight
Viruses and Us
Explore the science of viruses and how they impact us.
What Are Viruses?
Viruses cannot replicate on their own and instead use the cells of infected hosts to copy themselves. The Viral Packaging Science Snack uses paper, yarn, and cotton balls to show that viruses are simply bundles of protein and nucleic acid, not living organisms.
How Does Soap Inactivate Coronaviruses?
Coronaviruses are surrounded by the same type of membrane that surrounds human cells. Learn how disrupting this membrane with soap or alcohol inactivates the virus.
How Do Virus Membranes Behave?
The Cellular Soap Opera Science Snack uses a soap film to model how viral and cellular membranes behave. Explore the best way to disrupt it with your own hands.
How Big Is a Virus?
Use the Exploratorium exhibit Cells to Scale to visualize how small a coronavirus really is and investigate the implications of its small size.
How Do Viruses Compare with Other Small Things?
The novel coronavirus is around 120 nanometers, which is smaller than the bacteria on our bodies and 100 times smaller than our cells. The Life Size Science Snack helps you explore the size and scale of the microbial world, including how viruses compare to the mesh on a professional face mask.
How Long Does Coronavirus Last On Surfaces?
Scientists describe how long the coronavirus can last on different surfaces by its half-life, or the length of time it takes for half of the viruses to be inactivated. The Radioactive Decay Model Science Snack uses pennies to model exponential decay, which applies to radioactivity as well as viruses.
How Do Viruses Reproduce?
Viruses hijack the cells of the organisms they infect to make more viruses. The Breakfast Proteins Science Snack models how cells make proteins from a genetic source code. Viruses bring their own genetic code, and use this cellular machinery to make viral proteins, which self-assemble to make more viruses.
How Do We Test for Viral Infection?
Viruses can't be seen with a light microscope (see How Big is a Virus?). Currently, the primary way to confirm that someone is infected with coronavirus is to test their cells for viral gene sequences. The Secret Codon Science Snack shows how any message can be written with the four letters that make up the gene sequences that are the code of life. Tests to detect antibodies to the coronavirus in people’s blood are also in active development. The presence of coronavirus antibodies would indicate that someone has been infected in the past, even if they’ve recovered.
How Do You Protect Yourself From Infection?
Your body has multiple interacting systems to guard against infections by viruses and bacteria. You might not think of your skin and mucous membranes as part of your immune system, but they’re the first parts of your body that can keep pathogens out. The Skin Shield Snack lets you experiment with fruit to see what might happen when pathogens get past this line of defense.
What Does a Vaccine Do?
The novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 has not previously been introduced to the human population, so no one in the world has prior immunity to it. The Antibody Attack Science Snack models how your body develops immunity to foreign invaders by producing antibodies that attack them. The goal of a vaccine is to have people create these antibodies without ever being infected.
How Do We Fight Viruses?
Your body is able to detect foreign invaders and fight them. Watch Exploratorium educator Tory Brady take you through the cast of characters that make up Our Amazing Immune System.