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We partner with school districts to support science learning. We can offer the following district-wide elementary, middle, and high school programs, either virtually or in-person: multi-session, interactive, hands-on and NGSS-aligned science lesson sequences; stand-alone interactive classroom workshops; interactive science shows; and teacher professional learning to support virtual or in-person NGSS instruction. Custom options are available, too. If your district is interested in partnering with us, please contact us.

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Upcoming
Events

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10/08/2022
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Science at Cal – Nature’s Toxic Defenses: Why Don’t Poison Frogs Poison Themselves?

While we might be most familiar with rattlesnakes, black widows, and poison frogs (oh my!), toxins are produced or acquired by organisms in nearly every major group of life. This means that animals must avoid toxins or adapt to them. In this talk, Dr. Rebecca (Becca) Tarvin of UC Berkeley’s Department of Integrative Biology and Museum of Vertebrate Zoology will discuss why and how animals evolve to be both toxic and toxin resistant, including her research on how some poison frogs avoid poisoning themselves.

Grounds for Science: Illuminating the Brain and Programming Viruses to Harvest Solar Energy
10/04/2022
5:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m.

Grounds for Science – Illuminating the Brain and Programming Viruses to Harvest Solar Energy

Grounds for Science presents Illuminating the Brain: How light, color, and a jellyfish protein help us study the mind and Programming Viruses to Harvest Solar Energy. Featuring Ph.D. Candidates Anneliese Gest and Amanda Bischoff.

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09/27/2022
5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.

Science at Cal – Materiales en condiciones extremas: una ventana al interior de los planetas

Nuestro planeta Tierra es como una cebolla: está hecho de capas. Algunas son sólidas, otras líquidas, y están hechas de distintos materiales. Así como un submarino debe soportar toda la presión del océano encima, estas capas tienen que soportar la presión de todas las otras capas encima, dejando el núcleo a una descomunal presión de 3 millones de veces la presión atmosférica.

Student Experiences

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Field Trips

Explore our hands-on exhibits and meet Pheena the Fin Whale on our plaza when you visit The Lawrence on an Exhibit Experience. You’ll tour our exhibits at your own pace, letting your group take the lead to investigate what interests them.

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Science Shows

Dynamic demonstrations and lots of audience participation will excite your students about science. Assemblies are an excellent way to expose curious minds to concepts that can be reinforced in the classroom or expanded on with follow-up activities. Programs are well-suited to multiple grades or even the entire school, from 40 to 300 attendees per show.

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Science Festivals

Investigate, experiment, and problem solve, as you explore our festivals’ 10–12 tabletop stations, which feature mobile exhibits designed by The Lawrence. Festivals are great for groups of 40–150 at your site.

Professional Support

We offer a variety of outstanding inquiry-based science and mathematics professional learning options that exemplify sound teaching strategies and are researched to address the needs of all learners.

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Professional Learning
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Technical Assistance
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Resources

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! 

Instructional Materials

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Curriculum Programs
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Classroom Activities
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Research Briefs

How is BEETLES Changing Outdoor Science Education?

May 10, 2021

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.

Designing NGSS Assessments for Young Learners

March 11, 2021

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.