Lawrence Hall of Science, 50 years: 1968-2018; University of California, Berkeley

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 to Saturday, June 8, 2019

Young student puts a serum into a tube.

The Biotech Learning Lab focuses on discovering the microscopic worlds inside all living things and sparking curiosity about how life’s processes can help us answer questions and solve problems. You’ll get to use tools of biotechnology and experience hands-on encounters with real microorganisms.

Come and try our new drop-in activities during April and May! The Biotech Learning Lab is located on C-level, room 155.


  • April 19: 11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
  • April 21: 12:30–3:30 p.m.
  • May 10: 11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
  • May 12: 12:30–3:30 p.m.
  • May 24: 11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
  • May 26: 12:30–3:30 p.m.

Permanent Activities

Explore the inner workings of our cells and bodies. How does a red blood cell compare to DNA? What about bacteria and viruses? How tall am I, compared to the width of a DNA molecule? How about compared to human cells?

In this area our younger scientists will investigate sand samples and living snails, to look for evidence of life using magnifying lenses and other equipment.

Use a real microscope to investigate things up close, like animal fur, your own hair, plant leaves, and salt crystals. What can we learn from an up-close investigation of items that we couldn't see with just our eyes?

Use a high-powered microscope to take a picture of your very own cheek cells. You can even take the picture home!

Get first-hand experience with the differing smells that yeast and other microbes can produce. What causes the smells? How different can they be? Why are they different? This will spark discussions about how scientists use this ability of microbes to produce various substances to solve real-world problems.

Interact with a biomaterial (kombucha scoby) created by yeast and bacteria. This material is very slimy when first created but becomes a hard, tough, leathery material when dried.

See videos of the growth of microbes as they actively decompose food and consume other substances. These processes normally occur over hours and days and will be condensed into just a few seconds.

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