Programs & Projects

A student is using gene-editing in the Biotech Genetics Teen Research Program.

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.

Children and families participate in the Vaccine Learning Hub activities at their school.

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.

A student looks through a microscope

Exploring Biotech

The Lawrence’s Exploring Biotechnology program introduces middle schoolers to the powerful and locally relevant field of biotechnology.

Two students are using a microscope and viewing results on a screen during a STROBE science activity

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.

Students from the YESS program are building solar suitcases.

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.

Sunstones at The Lawrence

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.

Elementary computer students taking an assessment in school

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.

Children playing on the DNA sculpture at the Lawrence

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.

Two children and a staff member are working together during a science activity.

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).

A volunteer and a child work together on a science project.


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.