The Lawrence Hall of Science
The public science center of the University of California, Berkeley.
10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Bring your students to The Lawrence, or bring our inquiry-based science programs to you.
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.
Calling all aspiring teen scientists! Explore a career in science, and conduct research at UC Berkeley in our Teen Research Programs. Our programs offer a captivating opportunity to do science with real experts and a fascinating glimpse into the college experience and a career as a scientist.
Programs By Grade
Programs by date
Are you ready to take your design and engineering skills to the next level? In this program, you will learn about and build models of various types of bridges, including truss bridges like the Richmond–San Rafael Bridge and suspension bridges like the Golden Gate Bridge and the Bay Bridge. Non-residentialOffered July 10-14
Offered July 10-14
Are you interested in gene editing and other innovations that can help people with chronic diseases and other conditions? In this program, you will deepen your knowledge of body systems, investigate how some of these systems may break down, and explore how scientists and engineers are working to solve these problems. Non-residentialOffered July 10-14
Offered July 10-14
Have you ever wondered how scientists use programming to explore the deepest reaches of space? In this program, you will discover an exciting real-world application of computer programming. Learn block-based coding and use it to overcome engineering challenges as you build and program your own model satellite. Non-residentialOffered July 10-14
Are you curious about what it takes to be a Marine Biologist? Experience firsthand the investigative work, exciting discovery, and fun of ocean science at the Bodega Marine Laboratory! Residential OnlyOffered June 11-16
Offered June 11-16
Can scientists and engineers adapt ideas from nature to solve real-world problems? Discover how we are taking inspiration from the natural world to spark innovation in the fields of biology and engineering. Non-residential with Optional Residential Add-onWeek of June 12-16
Week of June 12-16
Are you curious about the future of gene editing? Discover the exciting field of biotechnology and learn how scientists are using a new technology called CRISPR to accurately and efficiently change organisms’ genes. Non-residential with Optional Residential Add-onWeek of June 12-16
Week of June 12-16
Have you ever been surprised by someone’s reaction to a meme or an online post? Are you curious how your peers think about current events? Discover the field of social psychology and learn to conduct your own research in this exciting program. Non-residential with Optional Residential Add-onWeek of June 12-16
Are you interested in biology and forest management? Step into the shoes of a ecologist, and learn how scientists are studying and protecting ecosystems in the face of climate change. Residential OnlyOffered June 25-30
Offered June 25-30
Are you curious about the future of artificial intelligence (AI)? Explore cutting-edge AI technologies and concepts! Learn about ongoing artificial intelligence research from Berkeley scientists and experts. Non-residential & By Application Only – Deadline extended to 4/10/23!Week of July 24-28
Week of July 24-28
Are you interested in environmental science and have a passion for addressing climate change? The Climate Ambassadors program explores the crossroads of environmental research, climate communication, and personal and professional growth. By Application OnlyYear-long Program
During a one-week session, students will experience parts of college life, such as campus tours, lab tours, meeting current students and faculty, and learning about various STEM career pathways. Each program is unique in content, context, and expert staffing, yet all are similar in design principles. We aim to offer the best hands-on science learning, real-life applications, and true research experiences.
Financial aid applications and camp registration open now!
Registration is open to Members
Financial Aid Application is open to Members and Non-members
Last day of Member-only registration
Registration is open to the general public
Financial aid applications for all TRP close at 11:59 p.m. except Ai4All.
Begin notification of financial aid awardees
Last day to cancel and receive a refund for Marine Biology.Financial aid applications for Ai4All close at 11:59 p.m.
Last day to cancel and receive a refund for Forest Ecology
Last day to cancel and receive a refund for all other programs
The Lawrence provides access to youth of all backgrounds. Our financial assistance program centers on equity—removing barriers, enhancing opportunity, and broadening participation in science. The financial aid process for middle and high school Teen Research Programs is now closed! If you have already applied, award decisions and registration instructions will be communicated starting March 15 and on.
If your teen (entering grades 10 and 11) are of underrepresented communities and wish to apply to the AI4 All Program, please submit a Financial Aid Application here. The last chance to submit an application for AI4 All is midnight on April 10, 2023. Award decisions and registration instructions will be communicated starting April 15.
In our effort to broaden participation this summer, we are offering two prices: (1) the actual cost of the program; and (2) the reduced cost of the program. In addition to both these options, financial support is available to qualifying families through the financial aid application process.
Each program is unique in content, context, and expert staffing, yet all are similar in design principles. We aim to offer the best hands-on science learning, real-life applications, and true research experiences. Each program will expand knowledge and skills in a variety of STEM areas and will add valuable experience to college and career pathways.
This summer, most HS and all MS programs take place on the UC Berkeley Campus, in the Valley of Life Sciences Building. There are also some off-site HS programs. More details can be found in the program-specific FAQs
All teens should pack a water bottle and snacks for themselves throughout the day. For the safety of others, we ask that you not include any food containing tree nuts or peanuts. Middle school students will not have lunch provided, and will eat lunches they pack from home, enjoying them at one of UC Berkeley’s beautiful green spaces. To help demystify the college campus experience, all high school students will eat a campus-provided lunch in a campus dining hall; lunch costs are automatically included in the price of the program.
All programs run from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. These are the drop-off and pick-up, times too. The exact drop-off location will be communicated to you in a welcome email the week before program start date. We encourage parents to sign the ‘Self Sign Out’ waiver so that teens can leave on their own after each program concludes for the day.
Yes, you can pick up your teen before 5:30 p.m. or drop them off after 9:00 a.m. Depending on the timing, teens might be located at a range of sites on campus. Therefore, we need to know as far in advance as possible in order to make sure your teen is able to connect quickly with their group for late drop-off or the designated adult picking them up early. Ideally, you have already opted for ‘Self Sign Out’ and your teen can arrive and leave as needed for other arrangements.
For multiple reasons, we do not allow participants to register for programs designed for grade levels other than their own. Since a large portion of each program involves student-driven investigation and exploration, e.g., the design and build of a physical creation, or the design and carrying out of an investigation, participants are easily able to differentiate the challenge level to a just-right place for them. Thank you for understanding.
We use CampDoc (also known as DocNetwork), an electronic health record system, to securely collect information about participants. CampDoc is designed to protect your teen’s privacy while alerting us to details such as allergies or dietary restrictions, medical or medication needs, special learning or social needs, and other home or life situations that might affect your teen’s participation. The information you provide will help us to support your teen safely and to optimize their learning and social experience. If you would like to discuss your teen’s needs before summer, we would be happy to set up a conversation to discuss how we can best support them.
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