The Lawrence Hall of Science
The public science center of the University of California, Berkeley.
The Lawrence is getting ready to re-open. We’ll see you on October 30th!
For over 50 years, The Lawrence Hall of Science has been at the forefront of science education.
On a visit to The Lawrence, students collaborate to investigate new ideas as they become scientists and engineers for a day.
We partner with school districts to support science learning. We offer district-wide elementary, middle, and high school programs, either virtually or in-person.
We collaborate with a range of partners to innovate in science education. Together, we go further.
February 25, 2015—Berkeley,CA. Thousands of prospective students, parents, families, and community members will gather at the UC campus on Saturday, April 18, 2015, for Cal Day. As part of this all-day celebration, the Lawrence Hall of Science has prepared a variety of activities that enable current and prospective students and their families to experience science, technology, engineering, and math in fun and engaging ways—all free of charge.As UC Berkeley’s Public Science Center, the Hall connects families to science and mathematics by presenting hands-on exhibits, designing curriculum, providing professional development, and offering after-school science resources for students of all ages.Located in the hills above the main University of California, Berkeley campus, the Hall offers magnificent views. There is ample parking available and a free shuttle down the hill, so families may want to make it their first Cal Day stop.At the Hall, families get the opportunity to “step into the shoes of a scientist” as they explore science and engineering together. A free visit to the Hall during Cal Day’s annual open house includes:SPEED: Science in Motion10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.Test your potential as a Formula One driver and discover the science behind racing in SPEED: Science in Motion. Get your Science@Cal passport stamped here!
Science On a Sphere® Explorations10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.Learn about natural disasters, seismic waves, and new planets in our Galaxy with stories developed by UC Berkeley’s seismological lab, NASA, and NOAA–all on our six-foot-diameter globe.Geeky Entertainment10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.Bear pride comes to the Hall! Get a 10% discount in the Discovery Corner Toy & Bookstore on all items beginning with a “B” (for “Berkeley”).
Bubble Shape-up with Zometools®11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.Think you know bubbles? You’re in for a surprise when you build them with cubes and other three-dimensional shapes! Help us celebrate the National Math Festival as part of Cal Day by testing your Bubble Shape-up skills.Explore the UniverseNoon–4:00 p.m.Consider the possibility of life on other planets in a drop-in Planetarium show where your astronomy questions direct where and what the Planetarium explores.
Invent and Engineer – HydraulicsNoon-4:00 p.m.Design, build, and test your own water-powered machines and pneumatic systems in this month’s Ingenuity Lab engineering challenge.Investigate Animals1:30–4:00 p.m.Investigate bio-mimicry and the life cycle as you meet the snakes, rabbits, and other critters that call the Lawrence Hall of Science’s Animal Discovery Room home.After checking out the Hall’s fascinating exhibits, live science demonstrations, Planetarium, and special events, visitors can head down the hill to continue exploring all the other great Cal Day events on campus. These include lectures from distinguished faculty, demonstrations, tours, music and dance performances, and even admission to research museums that are not normally open to the public.On Cal Day, attendees and online fans alike can share photos of their experiences via email or can tweet or Instagram using #sharecalday and see them appear live on the Cal Day website.