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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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11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

Science@Stockmen’s Park

Dra. Francesca Burgos Bravo
5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.

Science at Cal – Mover objetos diminutos con luz: no solo un sueño de la ciencia ficción

Si diriges un haz de luz a la mano, no se siente mucho, salvo un poco de calor. Pero si diriges ese mismo haz de luz hacia partículas microscópicas, la luz se convierte en una herramienta realmente poderosa capaz de capturar y mover objetos. Pareciera que al hablar de manipulación de objetos mediante la luz se está haciendo referencia a alguna escena de ciencia ficción, pero no lo es. En esta charla Dra. Francesca Burgos Bravo hablará sobre los inicios de la manipulación óptica de partículas y cómo se ha convertido en una herramienta fundamental para estudiar procesos biológicos.

Dr. Rachel Woods-Robinson
12:00 p.m.–1:30 p.m.

Science at Cal – Alchemy in the 21st Century: New materials to combat the energy crisis

As scientists continuously hunt for novel approaches to combat our energy crisis, the field of materials science has secured a spot in the fight, furthering our understanding of the properties and applications of matter. “Materials discovery” is at the heart of this research. Featuring Dr. Rachel Woods-Robinson from UC Berkeley and Dr. Matthew K Horton from Berkeley Lab.

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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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.