Lawrence Hall of Science Joins "Museums for All" Designed to Expand Access

Museums for All: An initiative of the Institute of Museum and Library Services

The Lawrence Hall of Science, UC Berkeley's Public Science Center, with generous support from Genentech, is joining the Museums for All program. A joint initiative between the Association of Children's Museums and the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences, Museums for All organizations offer free or reduced admission to individuals and families presenting an Electronic Benefits Transfer card. This program is directly aligned with the Hall's mission: to inspire and foster science and mathematics learning for all—especially those with limited access to science.

Hall Awarded Grant for Outdoor Science Education

Beetles: Outdoor Educators group celebrating on a beach

The Lawrence Hall of Science has been awarded a grant by the National Science Foundation to spread its professional development program for leaders of outdoor science programs nationwide. With this grant, the BEETLES program will be able to provide improved science educational experiences to 1.5 million youth from diverse backgrounds.

White House Easter Egg Roll Press Release

Hall staff and volunteers at the White House Easter Egg Roll event

For the sixth year in a row, the Lawrence Hall of Science is honored to be a part of the White House Easter Egg Roll. The Hall will be promoting science learning by offering fun activities for the kids and families in attendance at the White House."

California Announces Blueprint for Achieving Environmental Literacy in K–12

Children interacting with the environment

California's new Blueprint for Environmental Literacy is a guide for incorporating environmental education into California schools. The Blueprint was developed for the state's Department of Education by a special task force cochaired by the Lawrence Hall of Science's associate director, Craig Strang. The Blueprint provides guidance for how schools can use California's unparalleled environment as an asset to meet the goals of the Next Generation Science Standards.

New, Free Monster Heart Medic Game App from the Hall

Monster Heart Medic

How do you diagnose and help a three-eyed monster with a heart problem? That's the challenge and fun in the new, free Monster Heart Medic iPhone/iPad app, now available in the App Store. This educational adventure game uses animated monster stories, interactive simulators, arcade games, virtual diagnostic tests and more to explore the cardiovascular system and how it's affected by healthy living. Monster Heart Medic introduces kids to a friendly monster named Ragnar who is in need of a helping hand. As kids uncover Ragnar's health problems and guide him towards heart-healthier habits, they learn about common cardiovascular risks like high blood pressure, diagnostic tests for conditions like high cholesterol, and behavioral changes like diet and exercise that can keep a monster—and themselves—healthy. The app was developed by UC Berkeley's Lawrence Hall of Science and funded by a National Institutes of Health SEPA Award.