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Remembering Elizabeth Karplus

October 1, 2021

Betty dedicated her life to science and learning and was committed to engaging young people of all abilities in both.

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The Lawrence Reopens Halloween Weekend!

September 30, 2021

The Lawrence is excited to announce that after being closed for 19 months, we will reopen our doors starting Saturday, […]

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A Call for Artifacts for New Upcoming Exhibit

September 15, 2021

Share Your Story in Our Upcoming Exhibit! Do you have something to share? We want to show off your 2-D […]

The Robert and Elizabeth Karplus Outdoor Nature Lab

August 26, 2021

“Where Inspiration Grows” The Outdoor Nature Lab—under construction right now—will be the first new addition to The Lawrence in 20 […]

How is BEETLES Changing Outdoor Science Education?

May 10, 2021

Discover the long-term positive impact on the field of outdoor science education of the Better Environmental Education, Teaching, Learning, and Expertise Sharing (BEETLES) project in our latest research brief.

Recognized for Extraordinary Teaching in Extraordinary Times

April 26, 2021

Congratulations to Emily Weiss, School Program Director at The Lawrence Hall of Science, honored by UC Berkeley for exceptional, innovative instruction during the pandemic.

Designing NGSS Assessments for Young Learners

March 11, 2021

Researchers at The Lawrence, in collaboration with WestEd and SRI International, are developing an approach to assessing science learning in first grade. Learn more about the Next Generation Science Assessments for Young Scientists.

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How To Train Your Robot

February 18, 2021

How To Train Your Robot by Blooma Goldberg, Ken Goldberg, and Ashley Chase, illustrated by D. Clegg (with support from […]

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UC Berkeley Biochemist Dr. Jennifer Dounda Wins 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

October 9, 2020

UC Berkeley Biochemist Dr. Jennifer Doudna won the 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, sharing the prize with Dr. Emmanuelle Charpentier, […]

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BEETLES & BaySci Host Virtual Open Space Conference

August 20, 2020

Since the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Lawrence Hall of Science researchers and educators have felt gravely concerned about its […]

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COVID-19 pandemic could slash environmental, outdoor science education programs in half nationwide

June 10, 2020

For immediate release COVID-19 pandemic could slash environmental, outdoor science education programs in half nationwide Study finds 11 million children […]

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Supporting Learning at Home

May 1, 2020

May 1, 2020 Like many of our members and visitors, The Lawrence Hall of Science staff are working at home […]

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

March 16, 2020

The Lawrence Hall of Science is temporarily closed to the public due to the Bay Area Shelter-in-Place order to help […]

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A letter from our director on the extended closure.

On March 16, 2020, the Lawrence Hall of Science closed temporarily to visitors, based on guidance from health officials about […]

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The Learning Design Group & Partners Accept Grant to Support Educators

September 19, 2019

19 Sep2019 Media Contact:Suzanna 642-7771 September 18, 2019—Berkeley, CA: The Learning Design Group at the Lawrence Hall of Science, […]

Artificial Intelligence Summer Camp with AI4ALL Is a Success

September 12, 2019

This August, the Lawrence Hall of Science and the Berkeley Artificial Intelligence Research (BAIR) group, in partnership with the youth-serving […]

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March 14, 2019

BIG THANKS to everyone who donated during the Big Give on March 14, 2019! With your generous support, we raised […]

Amplify Science

Amplify Science Earns “All-Green” Rating from EdReports

March 13, 2019

Lawrence Hall of Science Media ContactAdam FrostMarketing & Communications Specialist(510) March 13, 2019–Berkeley, CA—Amplify Science, a curriculum developed by […]

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Super Wolf Blood Moon Visible Across the Bay Area

January 18, 2019

This weekend, Bay Area residents have a prime opportunity to witness an exciting phenomenon. On Sunday, January 20th, a total […]

UC Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science Earns Recognition in Congress

December 14, 2018

14 Dec2018 UC Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science, along with many educational institutions, researchers, and astronomers, has earned special congressional […]

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The Hall Welcomes NSF Director Dr. France Córdova

December 6, 2018

On November 5, the Hall hosted a special event featuring as its keynote speaker Dr. France Córdova, Director of the […]

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Take Me Out to the Ballgame!

October 31, 2018

31 Oct2018 In celebration of our mutual 50th anniversaries, the Lawrence Hall of Science has partnered with the Oakland A’s […]

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The Hall’s Google Science Journal App Encourages Outdoor Explorations

June 19, 2018

19 Jun2018 Here at the Lawrence Hall of Science, we are committed to equitable access to science and knowledge. That […]

A child and an adult work together on a science project at an exhibit at The Lawrence.

NGSS In Practice: A Model Unit And Teacher Development

May 9, 2018

09 May2018 This project will be featured as part of the 2018 National Science Foundation (NSF) STEM for ALL Video […]

1968-2018 The Lawrence Hall of Science University of California Berkeley 50 Years

Thank You for Celebrating Our 50th Anniversary with Us!

May 2018 marked the 50th anniversary of the Lawrence Hall of Science, established as part of UC Berkeley’s centennial celebration […]

Howtosmile Named a Top-100 Educational Website for 2018

February 12, 2018

We are proud to announce that has been endorsed by Homeschool Base and the homeschooling community as one of […]

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Solar Eclipse at the Hall

August 23, 2017

23 Aug2017 On the morning of August 21st, as millions of people across the country gathered to witness a partial […]

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Remembering Former Hall Director Dr. Marian Diamond

August 1, 2017

Image credit: Elena Zhukova The Lawrence Hall of Science community was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Dr. […]

Achieve Interns in the Ingenuity Lab

July 20, 2017

Each summer, as the Hall extends its open hours and welcomes hundreds of children for summer camps, an additional wave […]

Speakers and attendees at the Kepler event.

How to Discover 2,332+ Planets

July 6, 2017

How to Discover 2,332+ Planets The Kepler spacecraft launched into heliocentric orbit in March 2009, atop a Delta II rocket. […]

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We’re More Than A Museum

By supporting science and math education now, you can help establish the next generation of innovators, science-literate workers, and informed and engaged citizens. Join us in satisfying the critical need for more and better K-12 science and mathematics education. Contributions to The Lawrence help build future STEM talent and improve society’s understanding of science processes, impacts, and opportunities. 

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Don’t Take Our Word For It

The Lawrence has long been appreciated as an international leader in science and mathematics education. From agencies like the Institute of Museum & Library Services to local publications like Bay Area Parent, our programs have garnered esteemed recognition from a variety of organizations.