News & Updates

April 18, 2024

Summer Science Spectacular: Dive into Discovery in The Lawrence Summer Camps!

Summer Camps at The Lawrence are all of your young explorer’s favorite things about our science center rolled into one long action-packed experience filled with experiments, discovery, and fun!

A boy interacting with Pulse
April 4, 2024

Sun, Earth, and Fire: Expressing Creativity With Science

A crowd gathers in our Forces That Shape the Bay outdoor exhibit, buzzing with anticipation. They’re admiring a giant 8-foot sculpture made of metal, shaped like a human heart, complete with anatomically correct chambers and blood vessels.

A boy using a microscope in the Hands-on Biotech exhibit
March 21, 2024

Paint by Numbers and Zoom in on Life in Hands-on Biotech

Visitors to The Lawrence can get an introduction to biotechnology and its current and potential uses in our Hands-on Biotech exhibit!

March 7, 2024

College and Career Collaborative Network Drives Equitable Transformation of Public Education Systems

The College and Career Alliance Support Network (CCASN) works with collaborative partners to transform public education systems and build pathways to college and careers.

A child walking near the fountain on the plaza at The Lawrence
February 21, 2024

Spring Events at The Lawrence

Check out the full schedule of events and mark your calendar for a sensational spring!

A student conducts a science experiment during Summer Camp.

Summer Camps at The Lawrence 2024

Register now for Summer Camps at The Lawrence. Campers in grades 1–6 invent toys, explore the universe, investigate animal behaviors, and more!

February 8, 2024

Teen Research Programs Help Students Find Their Path to a Career in Science

Through our Teen Research Programs, a socio-economically diverse group of Bay Area middle and high school students visits labs, kindles their curiosity, and discovers that they, too, can pursue a degree or career in STEM.

January 11, 2024

Colorful Confetti Cannons Complete Captivating Commemoration of 2023

Thanks to all members and visitors who came out to send off 2023 and start the new year with a bang!

December 21, 2023

Look Back at an Exciting Year of Discovery, Exploration, and Science Fun!

Take a look at the top stories of the year, and get ready to make 2024 another thrilling year of science fun!

Two scientists from UC Berkeley presenting their research to an audience in Spanish
December 14, 2023

Ciencia en Español: Sharing Science With Oakland’s Spanish-speaking Community

Next summer, Science at Cal is expanding its Caminos events to make them even more accessible, engaging, and relatable to the Spanish-speaking patrons of the Oakland Public Library.

November 29, 2023

Virtually Human Explores What it Means for AI to Act Like a Human

A new exhibit at The Lawrence aims to demystify the latest technology and engage visitors’ curiosity about how AI works.

Products from our 2023 Holiday Gift Guide arrayed on a shelf in the Discovery Store
November 15, 2023

Holiday Gift Guide: Toys, Books, and More From Our Discovery Store!

Because we know what engages children, we’ve put together a list of science kits, books, crafts, and more that make excellent gifts or stocking stuffers.

November 1, 2023

Reptile Revelry: Celebrating the Reopened Animal Discovery Zone

On Saturday, October 21, visitors and members were among the first to experience the new Animal Discovery Zone!

A Sunprint being made using a peacock feather
October 19, 2023

Solar-powered Photography: the Science & History of Sunprint® Kits

For nearly 50 years, kids and families have used Sunprint paper to flex their creativity, capturing everything from leaves to action figures in signature white and blue images.

An image of an annular eclipse
October 5, 2023

Discover the Science Behind the “Ring of Fire” Eclipse on October 14

On Saturday, October 14, a partial eclipse will be visible across a large swath of the country, including right here in the Bay Area!

A student is launching a model rocket during a science activity while two other students look on
September 21, 2023

Supporting Teachers With Field Trips, Classroom Workshops, and More!

Picture a school gymnasium, except instead of kids playing dodgeball, it’s filled with the sights and sounds of discovery. The gym is transformed into a miniature science center!

A man and two kids outside looking at an augmented reality planet
September 6, 2023

Explore Outer Space With DIY Solar System, Our Newest Science App!

What’s it like to pilot a robotic rover on another planet? What would it take to design and build a…

Sunstones at The Lawrence Hall of Science
August 23, 2023

Upcoming Fall Events at The Lawrence and In Your Community

As summer turns to fall, The Lawrence has big plans to keep the science fun going. Join us throughout this…

The Outdoor Nature Lab
August 4, 2023

A Garden in Bloom: Reflecting on One Year of the Outdoor Nature Lab

In the year since it opened, thousands of visitors have explored nature in our backyard, searching for birds, learning about pollinators, and so much more. This week we’re looking back at what’s changed and what we’ve learned together, and looking forward to new experiences and ways to discover the wonders of the outdoors in the future.

Lucy sculpture on display at the National Museum of American History
July 27, 2023

Sculpture from The Lawrence on Display at the Smithsonian

Thanks to a generous donation and a new museum exhibition, a piece of The Lawrence has made it all the…

Making Music Exhibit: Two youth are exploring math and music

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. 

A Lawrence Hall of Science volunteer showing a group of girls a butterfly identification card in the Outdoor Nature Lab
July 13, 2023

The Lawrence to Conduct First-of-its-kind Environmental Literacy Study

The Lawrence will conduct a first-of-its-kind landscape study to assess the state of environmental instruction and education across California.

A Blue-tongued Skink
June 28, 2023

Caring for Our Animals During an Extreme Home Makeover

The ADZ team works hard to care for the many mammals, reptiles, and other critters in our animal colony. Soon, both staff and visitors alike will have more room to work with thanks to exciting renovations happening right now!

A boy and a girl looking at a computer screen
May 31, 2023

New Grant Integrates AI Ethics with Tech Learning

When you hear “artificial intelligence” (AI), the first thing that probably comes to mind are popular generative programs like ChatGPT…

A trapeze artist performs at The Lawrence during Science Fun Days

Summer Science Fundays

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

A woman interacts with a cardboard prototype of an exhibit as part of the Making Music exhibition
May 18, 2023

Talking Shop: Behind the Scenes of Making Music, Our Upcoming Exhibition

Deep in the bowels of The Lawrence Hall of Science is a place where few visitors have set foot. As…

A family building a miniature roller coaster using recycled materials during a Build, Engineer, Invent science festival.
May 3, 2023

New Partnership Brings Hands-on Science to San Leandro and San Lorenzo

Have you ever designed and built your own miniature roller coaster using recycled materials? How about experimenting with hydraulics? Young…

Sunstones at The Lawrence

Summer Camps 2023

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

A Mother and child look out over The Lawrence's panoramic view of the San Francisco Bay.
April 19, 2023

The Lawrence to Co-Develop Mixed Reality Exhibits with Ohlone Youth

A new project by The Lawrence and its partners, funded by a $1.29 million National Science Foundation (NSF) grant, aims to center Ohlone culture, using mixed reality technology to create immersive science experiences.

Easter Egg Roll at the White House
April 6, 2023

Exploring the Physics of Flight at the White House

UPDATED: The Lawrence Hall of Science stirred some science “egg-citement” when it returned to the White House Easter “EGGucation” Roll…

A group of Taiwanese students observing a globe.
March 23, 2023

Staff Promote and Teach The Lawrence’s Ocean Literacy Curriculum in Taiwan

An ongoing curricular project at The Lawrence improves students’ and educators’ understanding of the global impact the ocean’s health has on our planet.

Students from the YESS program are building solar suitcases.
March 8, 2023

Girls Build Solar Generators for International Schools with The Lawrence

Youth Engaged in STEM Service (YESS) is a four-year project that began in 2020 to develop and study the impact of two different science-focused summer camp experiences for black and brown teen girls in their communities.