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Teen Research Program Residential Advisor, Summer 2024

This position is an ideal opportunity for an undergraduate student. As a Residential Advisor, you will facilitate fun, engaging, and meaningful evening and Sunday social/ learning activities for teens. It is a great opportunity for growth and you’ll gain valuable experience in teaching and mentoring.

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Teen Research Program Instructor, Summer 2024

The Teen Research Program Instructor role is perfect for Graduate or Undergraduate Students passionate about both STEM and education. As an Instructor, you’ll facilitate fun, engaging, and meaningful hands-on science learning for teens. It is a great opportunity for professional growth, and you will gain valuable experience in science communication and teaching STEM to middle and highschoolers.

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Full Option Science System (FOSS®) 

The FOSS (Full Option Science System) project offers a variety of professional learning opportunities for FOSS users. Upcoming events are listed on the FOSS Professional Learning calendar. Please email foss@berkeley.edu with any questions.

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The Amplify Science Instructional Leaders Community of Practice

The Amplify Science Instructional Leaders Community of Practice (ILCP) is a place for Amplify Science instructional coaches and science coordinators from districts across the country to connect with each other through zero-cost and primarily virtual events.

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Materials Prep Assistant (UC Berkeley Student Job)

Are you seeking behind-the-scenes experience in a science center? Are you someone who enjoys and excels at organizing things? If…

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Institutional Giving Associate

Interested in being part of the team that brings in vital funding for The Lawrence’s research and public programs? Join the Contracts & Grants team and bring your stellar project management skills and detail oriented mindset to support our important work through the development and submission of federal, state, corporate, & foundation grants.

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Share Teen Research Programs With Your Community

Download this flyer Print this flyer Teen Research ProgramsThe Lawrence’s Teen Research Programs offer an in-depth research experience in cutting-edge…

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Berkeley Artificial Intelligence Research Lab

Entering Grades 10 – 12 Berkeley Artificial Intelligence Research Lab (BAIR) High School Summer Program Week of July 8-12, 20249:00…

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Planetarium Activities for Successful Shows (PASS)

In each PASS planetarium show, visitors participate in observations, experiments, and discussion in order to experience science as exciting, understandable, and to leave with feelings of accomplishment.

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Teen Internship 2024

Are you passionate about science? Do you enjoy working with youth? For over 50 years, The Lawrence Hall of Science…

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Community Education Specialist

The Lawrence Hall of Science, UC Berkeley’s public science center has an opening for a Community Outreach Educator, to work with learners of all ages (but primarily elementary-aged kids). Do you enjoy making science fun? Are you an experienced informal educator? Join The Lawrence On-The-Go team and bring high-quality, hands-on NGSS-aligned experiences and programs to venues around the Bay Area. In addition to facilitating learning, this position also cares for the accessibility and safety of the learning spaces.

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Practicum Academy to Improve Science Education (PRACTISE)

Argumentation is one of the most complex science practices both for students to learn and for teachers to learn to teach, yet it is a high-leverage practice that cuts across all content areas and builds students’ critical thinking skills. The PRACTISE project developed and researched an effective model of professional learning to support the development of teachers’ pedagogical skills to teach scientific argumentation.

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Improving Practice Together

Welcome to Improving Practice Together – Resources for elementary science argumentation through professional learning, teacher leadership, and research. The IPT project was a six-year research practice partnership to build the capacity of teachers to teach scientific argumentation by developing sustainable teacher leadership.

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Share IPT With Your Community

Download this flyer Print this flyer Improving Practice TogetherResources for Embedding Argumentation into Elementary School Science Lessons Share this flyer…

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Share With Your Community

Download this flyer Print this flyer PDF en Español UC Berkeley’s Science Center is for Everyone! Special discount days, free…

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Linkage Lab

Grades 3-5 & 6-8 Overview Students are introduced to engineering as they explore the role of force and motion in…

A student builds a mechanical linkage during the Linkages and Moving Toys workshop

Linkages and Moving Toys

Grades 1-2 Overview Students engage in problem-solving as they explore linkages in this hands-on engineering design activity. They design and…

Students participate in the Engineering with Hydraulics workshop and build a hydraulic contraption

Engineering w/Hydraulics

Grades 3-5 & 6-8 Overview Students are introduced to engineering and properties of fluids as they envision and build a…

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Make it Move

Grades 1-2 Overview Students engage in problem solving as they make inventions using simple hydraulic systems. They think like engineers…

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Motion Commotion

Grades TK/K Overview Students explore the ups and downs of force and motion through playful investigations with balls and creative…

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Squid: The Inside Story

Grades 3-5 & 6-8 Overview How do squid swim? Catch prey? Eat? Reproduce? Is ink a means to escape predators?…

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Dry Ice Investigations

Grades 3-5 & 6-8 Overview “Why does it do that? What would happen if…?” Dry ice inspires students to create…

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Circuit Solutions

Grades 3-5 & 6-8 Overview There’s a heat wave, and the cooling fans of Hot Town Elementary School aren’t working…

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Slime

Grades 1-2 Overview Is slime a solid, a liquid, or something in between? Students consider the differences between these states…

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DIY Solar System

DIY Solar System makes it easy for families and educators to explore the solar system from anywhere, anytime! The app…

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Privacy Policy for DIY Solar System

This Privacy Policy describes the information collected by Lawrence Hall of Science (“we,” “us” or “our”) through our mobile application…

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Making Music: Math and Science Out Loud

In our latest exhibition, nurture your inner musician as you discover the math of music and the science of sound. 

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Share Making Music with Your Community!

Download this flyer Print this flyer PDF en Español Join us for the Opening Day of The Lawrence’s music festival exhibition, Making Music:…

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Summer Science Fundays

From June 10 through August 12, join us every Saturday for fun-filled events featuring special guests and new activities. 

Biotech in Agriculture

Pivot Bio

Pivot Bio Pivot Bio has transformed the way fertilizer is produced and used by the world’s farmers. From their environmentally…

Biotech in Fashion

Bolt Threads

Bolt Threads Bolt Threads is a material solutions company. With nature as their inspiration, they invent cutting-edge materials for the…

Biotech in Food

Impossible Foods

Impossible Foods Impossible’s mission is to make the global food system truly sustainable by eliminating the need to make food…

Biotech in Medicine

Bayer

Bayer Bayer is a Life Science company with a more than 150-year history and core competencies in the areas of…

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Summer Camps 2023

Want happy campers? Registration is open for young scientists from first through sixth grade to explore hands-on science. 

Educator Facilitator at Summer Fundays

Education Facilitator (UC Berkeley Student Job)

The Education Facilitator works with learners of all ages (but primarily elementary-aged kids), making science fun with hands-on experiences in different exhibit spaces at The Lawrence Hall of Science, UC Berkeley’s only public science center. In addition to facilitating learning, this position also cares for the accessibility and safety of the learning spaces and communicates any perceived need to supervisors.

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The Power of CRISPR

CRISPR is a powerful gene editing tool that has a myriad of potential applications from curing sickle cell disease to modifying crops to resist specific diseases. However, many ethical considerations are also part of the scientific debate on when and how CRISPR should be used. The Power of CRISPR resources help to explain how CRISPR works, as well as some of the applications and potential ethical considerations being raised as this technique becomes more widespread in the field of biotechnology.

Mars

Mission to the Red Planet

Mars, our neighboring planet, is both a familiar and alien world that has intrigued us for eons. Join us for an exploration of its landscape, history, and mysteries that today’s scientists are trying to solve. We’ll review the history of global missions to Mars – landers, flybys, orbiters and rovers…and learn how to locate Mars in our own night sky.

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Make Math REAL: Maker Challenges to Promote Math Learning among English Language Learners

In collaboration with Sonoma State University, Make Math REAL is an NSF-funded project to develop, test, and study Maker Learning…

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Working Towards Equitable Organizations in Environmental Education

Working Towards Equitable Organizations Workshop Series is a collaboration between the Lawrence Hall of Science and an organization called Youth…

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Share our summer Teen Research Programs with your community!

Share our summer Teen Research Programs with your community! Download this flyer Print this flyer PDF en Español Calling all…

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Professional Learning Science and Literacy Academies

Science and Literacy Integration through Professional Learning Academies Since 2002, the Lawrence Hall of Science has provided teacher professional learning Science…

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Vaccine Learning Hub

In the Vaccine Learning Hub project, Lawrence staff created and tested hands-on learning experiences designed to build vaccine confidence among families with young children.

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Microscopes of Tomorrow

STROBE is a National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center focused on developing the microscopes of tomorrow—new imaging techniques that help scientists and engineers understand the structure, properties, and interactions inside biological and engineered materials in real time.

Tuff Pupil

Tuff Pupil

This animated series was produced with Computer Science faculty to help young people learn important ideas related to cyber security. Parents, educators, librarians and community leaders – please use these videos with youth in your homes, schools and youth orgs to support conversations about how to safely and smartly use the internet. Y ahora, el episodio uno está en español.

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Youth Engaged in STEM and Service (YESS)

Youth Engaged in STEM and Service (YESS) is a four-year (2020-24) National Science Foundation~ ITEST project to design, implement, and study the cultural relevance and outcomes of two solar-technology summer camp experiences.

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Learning Probability Through AI Problem-Solving in a Game-based Environment

Understanding probability is essential for daily life. Probabilistic reasoning is critical in decision making not only for people but also for artificial intelligence (AI). AI sets a modern context to connect probability concepts to real-life situations. It also provides unique opportunities for reciprocal learning that can advance student understanding of both AI systems and probabilistic reasoning. This project aims to improve the current practice of high school probability education and to design AI problem-solving to connect probability and AI concepts.

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Formative Assessment Bundling Literacy and Elementary Science in the NGSS (FABLES)

There is growing awareness of the need for a shift in science instruction in the elementary grades. As elementary classrooms make this shift, high-quality formative assessments are essential for providing teachers with information on where students are in the process of developing proficiency in science.

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Coding Science Internships

The Coding Science Internships project aims to create and research simulated internship curriculum units that confront barriers to broader participation in computer science and position coding as a tool for doing science.

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Virtual Human

The AI Behind Virtual Humans project will develop an interactive museum exhibit aimed at engaging youth and their families in learning about the capabilities and impact of artificial intelligence (AI).

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Connect

This series on mental health was created through a partnership of the Greater Good Science Center, Bay Area Community Resources, and The Lawrence, with an aim of connecting youth with professionals and providing a resource for their community.

The Argumentation Toolkit

The Argumentation Toolkit

The Argumentation Toolkit is a collection of resources designed to help teachers understand and teach scientific argumentation. The Argumentation Toolkit website includes videos and other resources to support teachers in successfully integrating argumentation into science lessons.

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Global Systems Science

Global Systems Science (GSS) is a set of curriculum materials designed for secondary schools. It focuses on societal issues that require science and systems approaches for full understanding. Twelve books, teacher guides, and software can support a 1- to 2-year integrated science course or supplement existing biology, physics, chemistry, Earth science, and environmental science courses.

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GEMS

Great Explorations in Math & Science (GEMS) activities were tested in thousands of classrooms nationwide. More than 70 GEMS Teacher’s Guides and Handbooks offer supplementary learning experiences for preschool through 8th grade.

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Reflecting on Practice

Reflecting on Practice is a professional learning program meticulously designed to build participants’ understanding of, experiences with, and integration of best practices in informal science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) learning environments.

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Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) Toolkit

LCAP Toolkit for Science and Environmental Literacy In 2014, fewer than half of California’s school districts included references to science…

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Visitor Services & Retail Associate (UC Berkeley Student Job)

Come work on our Public Engagement team as a Visitor Services & Retail Associate! Welcome our visitors when they arrive. Join our team to sell admissions, movie tickets, planetarium shows memberships, science kits and more!

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Bay Area Science Project (BASP)

As part of the statewide California Science Project network, BASP provides high-quality professional learning for K-12 educators in the greater San Francisco Bay Area, to support and improve their teaching and their students’ learning science.

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Marine Activities, Resources, and Education (MARE)

Do you want your students to learn more about the influence of the ocean on them and to explore how they themselves influence the ocean? Are you looking for a school-wide event that will bring faculty, students, and families together, using the ocean as the context for celebrating, learning, and connecting?

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Amplify Science

Amplify Science is research-driven, digitally enhanced core curriculum for Grades K-8 that comprehensively addresses the vision described in the NRC Framework for K-12 Science Education, including the three dimensions of the Next Generation Science Standards. Students inhabit the role of scientists and engineers throughout each unit. Through rich, multi-modal experiences and authentic problem-solving, Amplify Science will help teachers develop the next generation of students to be critical scientists and thoughtful citizens.

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BEETLES Project

All BEETLES (Better Environmental Education, Teaching, Learning & Expertise Sharing) resources are based on current research and understandings about how people learn, and tested by dozens of programs in diverse settings all over the country (and beyond!). Although BEETLES materials have been designed for residential outdoor science schools, they’ve been snatched up and used successfully in a wide variety of outdoor science education settings.

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FOSS

FOSS (Full Option Science System) is a research-based science curriculum for grades K-8 developed at the Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California, Berkeley. FOSS has evolved from a philosophy of teaching and learning that has guided the development of successful active-learning science curricula for more than 40 years. The FOSS Program bridges research and practice by providing tools and strategies to engage students and teachers in enduring experiences that lead to deeper understanding of the natural and designed worlds.

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MARE

MARE: Marine Activities, Resources & Education is a program based at the University of California, Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science that seeks to increase literacy in ocean sciences through informal and formal education initiatives.

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SEPUP

SEPUP (The Science Education for Public Understanding Program) creates innovative science curriculum for use in 6-12 education. Issue-oriented science forms the core of SEPUP’s curriculum materials. Every unit uses personal and societal issues to provide thematic continuity for student investigations and observations. SEPUP is part of UC Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science. Our materials are exclusively distributed by Lab-Aids.

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Marine Biology Residential

Entering Grades 10-11-12 06/05/2022 – 06/10/2022 10:00 a.m. Sunday – 4:00 p.m Friday Residential, UC Davis Bodega Marine Laboratories $1,795.00…

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Bio-Inspired Design

Entering Grades 10-11-12 06/13/2022 – 06/17/2022 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m $895.00 Financial Aid Applications Now Closed The Lawrence Hall…

Middle school students work in pairs, observing simulations on a laptop, in their classroom using Amplify Science curriculum

Social Media’s Influence on Making Sense of Science for Decision Making

Entering Grades 10-11-12 06/27/2022 – 07/01/2022 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m $895.00 Financial Aid Applications Now Closed Social Media’s Influence…

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Environmental Monitoring and Investigations in Urban Settings

Entering Grades 10-11-12 07/11/2022 – 07/15/2022 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m $895.00 Financial Aid Applications Now Closed The Lawrence Hall…

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Understanding Climate Change with the Help of Python

Entering Grades 10-11-12 07/18/2022 – 07/22/2022 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m $895.00 Financial Aid Applications Now Closed The Lawrence Hall…

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Programming Robots with Python

Entering Grades 10-11-12 07/25/2022 – 07/29/2022 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m $895.00 Financial Aid Applications Now Closed The Lawrence Hall…

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Biotech Genetics

Biotech Genetics Are you curious about the future of gene editing? Biotech Genetics Are you curious about the future of…

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Camps Entering Grade K

Entering Grade K 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m $1,395.00 Financial Aid Applications Now Closed The Lawrence Hall of Science Our…

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Camps Entering Grade 1

Entering Grade 1 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m $1,295.00 Financial Aid Applications Now Closed The Lawrence Hall of Science Toy…

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Camps Entering Grade 2

Entering Grade 2 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m $1,295.00 Financial Aid Applications Now Closed The Lawrence Hall of Science Nature…

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Camps Entering Grades 3 – 4

Entering Grades 3 – 4 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m $1,295.00 Financial Aid Applications Now Closed The Lawrence Hall of…

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Camps Entering Grades 5 – 6

Entering Grades 5 – 6 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m $1,295.00 Financial Aid Applications Now Closed The Lawrence Hall of…

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Camps Entering Grades 7 – 9

Entering Grades 7 – 9 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m $1,395.00 Financial Aid Applications Now Closed The Lawrence Hall of…

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GEMS: Math Around the World

With a wide range of games and other challenges from many continents, Math Around the World sets mathematics within a multicultural and international context.

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GEMS: Color Analyzers

Teasing a rainbow from a lightbulb. Decoding messages from abstract art. Unveiling the answer to why an apple looks red. This updated and enhanced New GEMS version of the classic teacher guide has students immediately and physically involved in investigating light and color while experimenting with diffraction gratings and color filters.

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GEMS: Ocean Currents

Students gain fascinating insights into our ocean planet through these innovative activities. They learn how wind, temperature, salinity, and density set water into motion, and they make an “in-depth” investigation of the key physical science concept of density.

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Transforming STEM Teaching Faculty Learning Program (FLP)

The FLP is a professional learning program devised to assist both university and college instructors of STEM courses. The FLP is designed to improve STEM faculties’ instructional practice to support effective student learning.

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Annual Fund

Help us sustain and elevate our mission. Gifts to this fund support the public science center, new science discovery and learning initiatives and experiences, and immediate and critical needs across all programs.

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Animal Discovery Zone Fund

Help us to reimagine learning encounters with live animals, as we redesign our beloved Animal Discovery Room.

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Biotechnology Learning Lab Fund

Inspire and prepare the next generation of citizens and scientists for the world of possibilities that biotechnology offers.

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Members and Friends Preview Days

11am-3pm October 16, 17, 23 and 24, 2021 Help us get back in the swing of things and come preview our refurbished spaces, new exhibits, and old favorites! Anyone who held a valid membership during 2020 and 2021 is invited.

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Members Reopening Party

4:00pm – 7:00pm Oct. 29, 2021
Meet some of our animals, take in the new 3D film “Dinosaurs of Antarctica,” and strut your stuff in our costume parade! And, of course, marvel at our newly refurbished spaces and exhibits and even engage with your old favorites!

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Frequently Asked Questions

To help you prepare for your visit, we have prepared this informational page to address frequently asked questions and concerns….

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Annual Fund

Help advance our mission by providing resources to strategically respond to critical needs, and support research, development, and launch of new STEM initiatives and programs.

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Events

Become a sponsor of special events including our annual Innovations & Inspirations Benefit Event.

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Exhibits & Learning Labs

Get your name in front of visitors as they engage in compelling hands-on activities. Sponsor an exhibit on the science center floor. The Lawrence’s learning labs excite young minds and propel our future inventors and innovators.

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Branding Opportunities

Put your logo on Sunkits for a School Science Festival give-away, incorporate branded inserts into take-home activities for visitors, and more. We are delighted to work with you to match your marketing needs.

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Online & Virtual Experiences

Get recognition on our Lawrence at Home weekly eblast, virtual events, and online camps and classes.

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Engage Employees

Match Employee Giving and Volunteer Hours.

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Phenomenal Physics

Welcome to the world of phenomenal physics! In this lab, you will be introduced to the forces of physics – the basic principles that govern our physical world. As a physicist, you will observe, ask, and experiment on topics ranging from electricity and magnetism to sound and fluid dynamics. What will you discover about these forces?

Science Show

Shocking Nature of Wildfires

Have you ever experienced a thunderstorm? Do you know how fires burn? Join us to learn more about how charges can impact the world around us through several bright and explosive demonstrations. Spark an interest in electricity and fire safety in this spectacular show!

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Positioning Youth for Success in Science: Studying the Malleability and Impact of Computational Thinking for Science

Researchers and curriculum designers at the Lawrence have been engaged in a three-year project (NSF STEM+C #1838992) that investigates computational…

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Working Towards Equitable Organizations in Environmental Education

Working Towards Equitable Organizations Workshop Series is a collaboration between the Lawrence Hall of Science and an organization called Youth…

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FIRST

For Inspiration and Recognition of Science & Technology (FIRST® ) is a national and international nonprofit organization that seeks to…

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Activation Lab

The Learning Activation Lab is a national research and design effort to dramatically strengthen learning in the United States and…

Two young people explore an exhibit at The Lawrence.

BEETLES

Better Environmental Education Teaching, Learning, Expertise & Sharing (BEETLES) is a program affiliated with the Lawrence Hall of Science that…

Students working together on an EBAYS project.

East Bay Academy for Young Scientists

Based at the Lawrence Hall of Science at UC Berkeley, the East Bay Academy for Young Scientists (EBAYS) serves youth…