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.

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.

Students walking outdoors in the forest during a science activity


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.

A student sitting at a desk in a classroom is working on a science activity


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.

two girls outside on a path examining red wildflowers as part of science exploration

Outdoor Biology Instructional Strategies (OBIS)

OBIS is an outdoor program that offers young people fun and challenging opportunities to investigate ecological relationships in their local environment.

A student writes on a clipboard while conducting an outdoor science experiment in a schoolyard.

Environmental Literacy Curriculum Connections

The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are based on the premise that the purpose of learning science is to help students understand the natural world, solve problems, improve their lives and communities, and make the world a better place. Environmental Literacy is deeply embedded throughout NGSS and should be deeply embedded throughout your science curriculum, too.