The Lawrence Hall of Science
The public science center of the University of California, Berkeley.
Open Wednesday - Sunday
10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
On a visit to The Lawrence, students collaborate to investigate new ideas as they become scientists and engineers for a day.
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.
In a recently released evaluation, the Research Group at The Lawrence Hall of Science assesses the efficacy of the BEETLES (Better Environmental Education, Teaching, Learning, and Expertise Sharing) project. Developed at The Lawrence, BEETLES creates professional learning, teaching resources, and engaging student activities for outdoor science education programs. To examine the impact of BEETLES, the Research Group conducted interviews and surveys with leaders of outdoor programs who used resources and participated in programs developed by BEETLES from 2011–2015. After their experiences, program leaders reported a long-term change in their perceptions of teaching and learning, shifting to a more nature- and learner-centered paradigm. BEETLES was also shown to have effectively prepared program leaders to facilitate professional learning for their staff, instilling a culture of reflective practice and ongoing professional development. As a result, outdoor educators felt empowered to implement changes to make their curricula more engaging and better aligned with Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). A grant from the National Science Foundation is allowing the Research Group to continue studying BEETLES to determine the project’s significant positive influence in the field of outdoor science education.