Saturday, April 22, 2017

10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Free admission

Oski, the Berkeley bear in front of the stationary binoculars that look out over the Bay.

It’s a Science Celebration!

Join us at the Hall for our annual and free Cal Day event.

This year we are celebrating how we can improve the quality of life #InThisGen by helping to inspire and activate the next generation of science learners now. Visit us on campus to design a Campanile-inspired tower out of Keva® planks, then take UC Berkeley’s Hill Shuttle Service up to the Hall to enjoy free admission and share your love for science through art.

Science@Cal: Design a Tower

On the UC Berkeley Campus
Free, 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Build your own structures using Keva® planks—precisely milled pine planks that can be used to build almost anything you can imagine. Get your Science@Cal passport stamped here!

Children building tower structures out of Keva pine planks

#YouthForScience

On the UC Berkeley Campus
Free, during Cal Day

The Lawrence Hall of Science is committed to providing ways for youth from all backgrounds to engage in science. In addition to being Cal Day, April 22nd is also Earth Day and the March for Science. We invite youth of all ages to write or draw what science means for their future on an activity template and share it on social media with #YouthForScience. Look for locations featuring this activity at the Hall, on the UC Berkeley campus, and at the March for Science Festival in San Francisco.

The Hall also invites our global community to engage their local youth in expressing what science means for their future. If you are interested in offering this activity template at another location, contact Kalie Sacco.

#YouthForScience

Free, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

The Lawrence Hall of Science is committed to providing ways for youth from all backgrounds to engage in science. In addition to being Cal Day, April 22nd is also Earth Day and the March for Science. We invite youth of all ages to write or draw what science means for their future on an activity template and share it on social media with #YouthForScience. Look for locations featuring this activity at the Hall, on the UC Berkeley campus, and at the March for Science Festival in San Francisco.

The Hall also invites our global community to engage their local youth in expressing what science means for their future. If you are interested in offering this activity template at another location, contact Kalie Sacco.

Explore the Universe in the Planetarium

Free, 12:00 noon–4:00 p.m.

Come to our free, drop-in presentations in the Lawrence Hall of Science Planetarium. Explore the Solar System and fly beyond the edge of the galaxy. Your astronomy questions will push our interactive Planetarium to full throttle!

Hall visitors enjoy a Planetarium show.

Critter Corner

In the Animal Discovery Room
Free, 10:30 a.m.–12:00 noon

In our Critter Corner, kids age 8 and under can observe how animals move, feel, and eat. Read stories, role-play with toy animals and habitats to better understand animal life, and meet our featured animal this month: turtles!

An Exploration of the Global Climate: Past, Present, and Future

Special presentation at Science on a Sphere®
Free, 11:00–11:45 a.m.

How does Earth’s climate function? What happened to global climate in the past, and what is projected to happen in the future? Using the backdrop of stunning visualizations of the Science on a Sphere to introduce key features of our global climate, we will discuss some contemporary research questions that arise in climate dynamics and climate change.

Presentation by UC Professor John Chiang

Museum visitors study the globe visualization.

Ingenuity Lab: Artbots

Free, 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Experiment with engineering and motion as you design, build, and test LEGO® artbots. Observe and compare how your motorized contraptions perform as you create surprising and unexpected patterns. Our youngest engineers will experiment with simpler Wobble Bots.

“B” Is for Bear Pride Sale

In the Discovery Corner Toy & Book Store
12:00 noon–5:00 p.m.

Bear pride comes to the Hall! Get a 10% discount at the Discovery Corner Toy & Book Store on all items beginning with a “B”: as in bears, Berkeley shirts, books, beipiaosaurus replicas, and more.

Oski, the Berkeley bear standing in the Discovery Corner Toy and Book Store

Visit Water’s Extreme Journey

Free, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Developed with world-renowned marine life artist Wyland, Water’s Extreme Journey takes visitors on an exciting and important quest for clean water. Discover what it's like to be a water drop and make your way into the healthy ocean. Have fun riding the Watershed Zip Line, walk through the Wetland Slow Zone, and develop a deeper understanding of the water ecosystem.

Meet a Friend in the Animal Discovery Room

Free, 1:30–4:00 p.m.

When you visit our international colony of teaching animals—from axolotls to legless lizards—you’ll learn a lot about animal behavior and habitats. Our knowledgeable staff will introduce you to our wonderful creatures and share fun stories and interesting facts about them. Through these encounters you’ll discover more about yourself and other organisms as well.

Children play with a live frog in the Animal Discovery Room.

Get Hands-On with Science in Design Quest

Free, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Get inspired and collaborate! Tinker with unexpected materials, design and launch a rocket, even “fly high” and tell your story with stop-motion animation. Get your Science@Cal passport stamped here.

Science On a Sphere® Explorations

Free, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Learn about natural disasters, seismic waves, climate change, and new planets in our galaxy through stories developed by UC Berkeley’s seismological lab, NASA, and NOAA, viewed in stunning visual effect on our six-foot-diameter globe.

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