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A Message from Our Director

Welcome to the University of California, Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science—the country’s only science center that is part of a top-tier, public research university. This distinctive affiliation allows the Hall to partner with world-class scientists, engineers, educational leaders, and teachers, with the goal of developing and disseminating the most innovative and effective science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs available today. Our mission is to inspire and foster science learning for all—especially for those with limited access to science.

Every year, the Hall reaches more than 12 million young people around the world in STEM learning experiences through curricular materials and programs that inspire them by engaging them in the same practices and activities that scientists and engineers use in their work. We also engage thousands of teachers, nationally and internationally, in high-quality professional learning programs. Further, we increase access to science learning through digital tools for both students and educators. The Hall’s portfolio of programs is diverse and far-reaching, contributing to the local and national agenda to inspire, prepare, and diversify the STEM workforce. The Lawrence Hall of Science has received many awards and recognitions, including the “STEM Innovation Award” from the Silicon Valley Education Fund in 2014.

Hall programs are designed to meet three critical goals: (1) activating youth toward STEM learning and careers, (2) improving the scientific and environmental literacy of youth and the public through effective educational experiences, and (3) increasing the number of underrepresented youth who pursue STEM academic and career pathways. The Hall is committed to supporting innovation in and access to our educational programs and learning experiences for youth and educators in the Bay Area and beyond by enabling partnerships, catalyzing innovation, and expanding opportunities.

I invite you to experience for yourself our engaging approach to fostering STEM learning at the Hall. Come for a visit, try our online activities, bring us to your school or community, and/or check out our store. Plus, if you become a Hall member you will enjoy a number of perks, including year-long access to our amazing exhibits and programs. We also encourage you to join us in advocating for STEM learning in your community and beyond.

I am honored to have recently taken the helm of this unique and innovative organization at a very exciting time. As the Hall approaches its 50th anniversary, we are reimagining the role that our distinctive science center plays locally, nationally, and globally. I hope you will partner with us as we shape the future of STEM learning and transform educational opportunities!

Best regards,
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Find out more about our mission to inspire and foster learning of science and mathematics for all, especially those who have limited access to science.

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Our Challenge

The Lawrence Hall of Science is working to significantly increase the quality and quantity of science learning for every student by providing programs that engage all students in science across learning environments.

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Research, Evaluation, & Assessment

Find out how we combine insight, expertise, and research to investigate and evaluate learning opportunities.

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Management Team

Our approach to creating quality educational experiences is that good work is developed by collaborative teams and draws upon the strengths of the group.

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Advisory Council

Advisory Council members share their passion for science education, professional expertise in diverse fields, and knowledge of the communities we serve, to help us carry out our mission.

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The Lawrence Hall of Science is the namesake and legacy of Ernest Orlando Lawrence, winner of the 1939 Nobel Prize for Physics for his invention of the cyclotron. Learn more about the founding of the Hall and previous directors.

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50th Anniversary

From May 2018 through May 2019, the Hall celebrated its 50th year of fostering and inspiring science learning for all. Read on to learn how we marked this occasion with special events and activities for our Members and guests, culminating in a successful fundraising benefit on May 9, 2019.

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Employee Directory

Locate Lawrence Hall of Science staff in our Campus Directory.

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Contact Us

Learn how to contact the staff of the Lawrence Hall of Science.