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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…

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 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 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…

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.

Tuff Pupil performs on stage
February 9, 2023

Newly-Minted Grammy Winners Make Data Security Fun

A new video series created by The Lawrence Hall of Science, Tuff Pupil, uses animation and hip hop music to…

Sunstones at The Lawrence
January 20, 2023

Understanding Global Change

Enroll in a year-long online PL opportunity! Collaborate with expert scientists and educators from the University of California, Berkeley to support the integration of climate and global change lessons into instructional units. We will use the Understanding Global Change framework to guide you in developing, supplementing or implementing curricula.

Students analyze soil samples in the community
January 19, 2023

Youth Present to Joint Powers Authority on Local Lead Contamination Research Findings

On October 27, 2022, a group of young people presented the findings of their environmental quality research to the Alameda…

Two children are using the DIY Sun Science app on their tablet
July 7, 2022

New DIY Sun Science App

A new version of the DIY Sun Science App from UC Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science is now available. July,…

A collage of children engaged in science activities, with information about the NSF Video Showcase
May 10, 2022

Lawrence Hall of Science Research Featured in NSF Video Showcase

Beginning Tuesday, May 10, The Lawrence Hall of Science will be participating in the annual National Science Foundation (NSF) “STEM…

Two students are outdoors examining nature using a magnifying glass and a microscope
February 8, 2022

Lingering Concerns & Signs of Hope for Nation’s Outdoor Science Programs

February 8, 2022, Berkeley, California– Millions of children have missed out on enriching outdoor science education experiences since the start…

Middle school students work in pairs, observing simulations on a laptop, in their classroom using Amplify Science curriculum
January 28, 2022

Independent Study: Amplify Science for Middle School Has Significant Positive Impact on Student Learning

Curriculum materials designed for Next Generation Science Standards show promise A gold-standard independent study led by the nonprofit research, development,…

Masked student seated outdoors on a lawn raises hand
December 1, 2021

The Lawrence Shares Best Practices for Outdoor Learning with Schools and Districts

The Lawrence Hall of Science has created a set of sample menus for best practices in outdoor learning, thanks to…

Two adults are conducting research outdoors.
May 10, 2021

How is BEETLES Changing Outdoor Science Education?

Discover the long-term positive impact on the field of outdoor science education of the Better Environmental Education, Teaching, Learning, and Expertise Sharing (BEETLES) project in our latest research brief.

Emily Weiss
April 26, 2021

Recognized for Extraordinary Teaching in Extraordinary Times

Congratulations to Emily Weiss, School Program Director at The Lawrence Hall of Science, honored by UC Berkeley for exceptional, innovative instruction during the pandemic.

Two sets of hands as photos are examined.
March 11, 2021

Designing NGSS Assessments for Young Learners

Researchers at The Lawrence, in collaboration with WestEd and SRI International, are developing an approach to assessing science learning in first grade. Learn more about the Next Generation Science Assessments for Young Scientists.

How to Train Your Robot book cover in which three students are examining a robot vacuum cleaner.
February 18, 2021

How To Train Your Robot

How To Train Your Robot by Blooma Goldberg, Ken Goldberg, and Ashley Chase, illustrated by D. Clegg (with support from…

A young person sits in the forest reading
August 20, 2020

BEETLES & BaySci Host Virtual Open Space Conference

Since the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Lawrence Hall of Science researchers and educators have felt gravely concerned about its…

Children playing on the DNA sculpture at the Lawrence
June 10, 2020

COVID-19 pandemic could slash environmental, outdoor science education programs in half nationwide

For immediate release June 10, 2020 Study finds 11 million children at risk of losing access to the educational and…

Two children and a staff member are working together during a science activity.
September 19, 2019

The Learning Design Group & Partners Accept Grant to Support Educators

Media Contact:Suzanna Lopersjloper@berkeley.edu(510) 642-7771 September 18, 2019—Berkeley, CA: The Learning Design Group at the Lawrence Hall of Science, the University…

A group of young people gather together for Artificial Intelligence Summer Camp
September 12, 2019

Artificial Intelligence Summer Camp with AI4ALL Is a Success

This August, the Lawrence Hall of Science and the Berkeley Artificial Intelligence Research (BAIR) group, in partnership with the youth-serving…

The Lawrence Hall of Science
March 13, 2019

Amplify Science Earns “All-Green” Rating from EdReports

Lawrence Hall of Science Media ContactAdam FrostMarketing & Communications Specialist(510) 642-2226adamfrost@berkeley.edu March 13, 2019–Berkeley, CA—Amplify Science, a curriculum developed by…

Children playing on Pheena the Whale
May 9, 2018

NGSS In Practice: A Model Unit And Teacher Development

This project will be featured as part of the 2018 National Science Foundation (NSF) STEM for ALL Video Showcase. Visit…

Howtosmile
February 12, 2018

Howtosmile.org Named a Top-100 Educational Website for 2018

We are proud to announce that howtosmile.org has been endorsed by Homeschool Base and the homeschooling community as one of…

Four Achieve Interns are standing in a row and smiling for the camera
July 20, 2017

Achieve Interns in the Ingenuity Lab

Each summer, as the Hall extends its open hours and welcomes hundreds of children for summer camps, an additional wave…

Students in front of The Lawrence
May 19, 2017

Assessing Oral Scientific Argumentation

This project is featured as part of the 2017 National Science Foundation (NSF) STEM for ALL Video Showcase. Visit the…

A young person looks through a telescope of the view at The Lawrence.
April 16, 2017

TechWomen: Promoting STEM a Continent Away

16 Apr2017 Hall Educator Ramya Sankar hosts a session about her work with EBAYS. Photo courtesy of TechWomen. Ramya Sankar,…

A child looks through a telescope.
March 7, 2017

Reading & Science: A Winning Combination

07 Mar2017 Can first graders read to learn as they learn to read? That was the intriguing question that drove…

The BEETLES team
March 6, 2017

Hall Program Recognized for Excellence in Environmental Education

The BEETLES Team. Clockwise from top-right: Kevin Beals, Lynn Barakos, Emilie Lygren, Craig Strang, and Jedda Foreman Lawrence Hall of…

The argumentation Toolkit
November 16, 2016

Arguing in the Classroom? A Toolkit for Science Learning

This project is featured as part of the 2017 National Science Foundation (NSF) STEM for ALL Video Showcase. Visit the…

A child and an adult work together on a science project at an exhibit at The Lawrence.
October 31, 2016

Lawrence Hall of Science to Host Teacher Appreciation Lunch

Lawrence Hall of Science Press Contact:Maia WillcoxSF/Bay Area ABE Center Director(510) 643-3429mwillcox@berkeley.edu October 31, 2016, Berkeley, CA — On November…

Two young people explore an exhibit at The Lawrence.
October 27, 2016

New Program Teaches Coding With Satellite Experiments

Tiny CubeSats are deployed from the International Space Station. Image credit: NASA. Every now and then, the International Space Station…

Two children at an exhibit at The Lawrence.
October 3, 2016

Hall Awarded Grant for Outdoor Science Education

Lawrence Hall of Science Press Contact:Jedda ForemanBEETLES Program Managerbeetles@berkeley.edu October 3, 2016 — Berkeley, CA The Lawrence Hall of Science,…

Sea Change Our Ocean Our Health
July 27, 2016

“Our Ocean, Our Health”: Creating a Sea Change in Ocean Literacy

Last year, the European Union Horizon 2020 program funded a large international program called Sea Change, with the goal of…

A young person is building a structure at The Lawrence.
July 19, 2016

Summer of Science: How Hall Camps Engage Young Learners

“This is so awesome!” The exclamation rings out loudly across a small classroom filled with eager kindergartners and first graders…

Hall EPICC teachers explaining a Solar Suicase Wire Diagram poster
May 27, 2016

Incorporating College Prep & Service Learning into STEM Education

This project is featured as part of the 2017 National Science Foundation (NSF) STEM for ALL Video Showcase. Visit the…

Sunstones at The Lawrence
April 21, 2016

The Lawrence Hall of Science Selected to Participate in White House Early STEM Education Symposium

Thursday, April 21, 2016 — BERKELEY, CA The Lawrence Hall of Science is honored to attend a special event on…

Children playing on the DNA sculpture at the Lawrence
September 15, 2015

California Announces Blueprint for Achieving Environmental Literacy in K–12

Contact:Lauren Frieband510-643-8980 September 15, 2015—Berkeley, CA. Environmental literacy has never been more important than it is now. With climate change,…

Two children and a staff member are working together during a science activity.
August 11, 2015

Working Together to Build a Science Education Plan

In a six-hour school day packed with reading, math, and writing lessons, elementary teachers across California and around the nation…

The Lawrence Hall of Science
January 30, 2015

Oakland Students Present Their Research to Scientists from Around the Globe

Oakland youth from the Lawrence Hall of Science East Bay Academy for Young Scientists (EBAYS) presented their environmental research at…

Children playing on Pheena the Whale
January 4, 2015

Young Vallejo Inventors Learn About Circuitry

The Times-Herald, January 4, 2015 Article by John Glidden Families and educators in Vallejo were witness to the power of…

Students in front of The Lawrence
December 18, 2014

Teens Enrich Communities Through STEM With Oracle Support

December 18, 2014 — Berkeley, CA: Teens from the TechHive, a teen internship program that launched in 2012 at the…

A young person looks through a telescope of the view at The Lawrence.
December 18, 2014

Lawrence Hall of Science Receives Award for STEM Innovation from Silicon Valley Education Foundation

December 16, 2014 — Berkeley, CA. The Lawrence Hall of Science was honored to receive a 2014 STEM Innovation Award…

A child looks through a telescope.
July 21, 2014

Insights Into the International Field of Ocean Science

Associate Director of the Lawrence Hall of Science, Craig Strang, reflects on his recent trip to Tokyo, Japan: July 12,…

A child and an adult work together on a science project at an exhibit at The Lawrence.
June 20, 2014

High School Students Succeed at This Year’s Pioneers in Engineering Robotics Competition

The sixth annual Pioneers in Engineering (PiE) Robotics Competition was held on April 26 and 27 at the Lawrence Hall…

24/7 Science
March 21, 2014

24/7 Science Receives Highest Rating for a Second Year in a Row from Common Sense Media

For the second year, the Lawrence Hall of Science’s 24/7 Science website has received the highest 5 out of 5…

Two young people explore an exhibit at The Lawrence.
January 28, 2014

Teens to Share Technology Projects at Meet the Makers Event

Contact:Janet Noe510-642-2226 December 19, 2013 – Berkeley, CA: Teens from the TechHive at the Lawrence Hall of Science will share…

Two children at an exhibit at The Lawrence.
October 17, 2013

TechHive Keeps Innovating with Continued Support from Motorola Solutions Foundation

Contact: Newsroom: 510-642-2226 15 October 2013 – Berkeley, CA: For the second year running, the Lawrence Hall of Science is a…

A young person is building a structure at The Lawrence.
September 18, 2013

The East Bay Academy For Young Scientists Tackles Local Pollution Issues

The East Bay Academy for Young Scientists, a program of the Lawrence Hall of Science, is contributing to pollution reduction…