The Lawrence Hall of Science
The public science center of the University of California, Berkeley.
10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Animal Discovery Zone
11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
We’ll bring our science programs to you.
We partner with school districts to support science learning. We offer district-wide elementary, middle, and high school programs, either virtually or in-person.
We collaborate with a range of partners to innovate in science education. Together, we go further.
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.
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.
The Lawrence’s Exploring Biotechnology program introduces middle schoolers to the powerful and locally relevant field of biotechnology.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.