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The Lawrence Hall of Science offers instructional materials to enhance your out-of-school program, as well as professional development opportunities for your staff.

The Hall helps educators find great resources to improve their practice and to engage their students. Enhance your out-of-school program with Lawrence Hall of Science instructional materials. Energize your staff and expand their knowledge with the Hall’s professional development programs. From videos to kits, from environmental learning modules to the best online STEM activities, the Hall can make your programs more content rich and more fun!

Video Tips from AfterSchool KidzScience

Short videos from our AfterSchool KidzScience program provide tips for classroom management and engagement. They help program leaders feel confident doing science activities, even if they don’t have much experience with science. Check out the two sample videos here or see them all on the linked YouTube playlist. A DVD with all videos is included with every purchase of an AfterSchool KidzScience kit.

Howtosmile.org

Howtosmile is the award-wining website with a curated collection of the best hands-on science and math activities on the web. All 3000+ high quality activities listed on Howtosmile are freely accessible. Use the powerful search to filter by topic, age range, and prep time. If you are looking for new hands-on activities to enliven your camp, amaze your students, or spice up your classroom, then Howtosmile is the site for you.

Consumer Guide

Access descriptions, professional reviews, and details for more than 50 promising materials and curricula that work well in afterschool programs.

For Outdoor Educators

These great resources are for you if staying inside is not enough to teach your students about science. Find new activities for the great outdoors and learn about professional development resources.

Reflecting on Practice for Museum Professionals

The Reflecting on Practice workshops are three-day intensive professional development experiences developed for staff at zoos, science centers, museums, and community centers. They introduce research and theory related to learning and teaching science, plus tools to deliver more effective science-focused out-of-school programs.

AfterSchool KidzScience

AfterSchool KidzScience Kits

AfterSchool KidzScience™ kits are designed specifically for use in out-of-school settings by children in grades 3–5. They are easy to use and come with clear, step-by-step instructions.

Seeds book: Dragonfly Explanations

Seeds of Science/Roots of Reading Books

These unique books are a great way for kids to get to know scientists and science content while reading compelling, grade appropriate stories. These quality books are affordably priced at $5.95 each and can also be purchased in larger quantities for use in reading and science programs.

Planetarium Activities for Student Success (PASS)

This series of books provides a wealth of resources for presenting entertaining and educationally effective audience participation planetarium programs.