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

Saturday, June 9, 2018 to Monday, September 3, 2018

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

Free for Members. 3D Film and Planetarium Show Tickets are $4.00.

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Join IN the Summer of INvention!

As we celebrate our 50th Anniversary Year, the Hall invites you to Join IN for a Summer of INvention. Meet with scientists and researchers from UC Berkeley who are developing new technologies in the fields of robotics, biotechnology, and more. Use your INgenuity to dream up your own INnovative creations. Every day this summer offers a new opportunity to discover and invent!

The Hall will be open daily this summer from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Join In Invention Investigation Ingenuity Innovation

Everywhere you see this Join IN image at the Hall is an opportunity to exercise your ingenuity as you create your own inventions or get inspired by ideas that others have explored. Here are a few of the exhibits that are part of the Summer of INvention:

10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

What does an ideal community look like to you? In the Hall’s newest exhibit, we’re inviting our guests to contribute their ideas to a growing city, by using LEGO® bricks. Whether you construct a park, a school, a tower, or a vehicle, with your imagination we will Build a Better World—Together.

Join IN with your own architecture!

10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Design, build, and test your own prototypes. Invent some rockets and hovercraft using recycled materials. Discover what it takes to build earthquake-resistant structures. Become an engineer in our popular Design Quest exhibit.

Join IN the design process!

10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Especially for our younger visitors, the Young Explorers Area (YEA) has fun elements sure to be favorites with your family! Join in the exploration as you and your child experiment with our colorful gear wall, see what flies the highest in our wind tube, and investigate motion on our amazing gravity wall.

Join IN the family science exploration!

11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Flex your design muscles as you take on some of the Hall’s most popular activities in Ingenuity Challenges. Build artbots using LEGO® bricks, create your own marble machines, and design toys that move, throughout the summer. Visit our Ingenuity Challenges page to see the full schedule of activities.

Join IN with your INgenuity!

10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Discover cutting-edge science coming out of UC Berkeley, one of the world’s top public research universities. Use the kiosk to select from a series of videos about research and innovations ranging from a jumping robot to 3D printing.

Join IN the discovery of new science!

UC Berkeley Inventor’s Showcase

In addition to all the exhibits and hands-on activities mentioned above, the Hall is inviting scientists and researchers at UC Berkeley to share their work and inventions with our visitors this summer. Discover new prosthetic hand technology, a heart on a computer chip, and more.

We offer an exciting array of presentations and experiences that will change throughout the summer. Keep an eye out for the Join IN image, and follow us on social media to stay up-to-date on the latest opportunities.

Mother and child make ice cream using a scientific method.
Celebrate National Ice Cream Day with us by making your own ice cream–with science!

Sunday Fundays

Every Sunday this summer is a special opportunity for families to have fun and engage with science. From Hall favorites like Ice Cream Day and Trapeze Arts to new events, you won't want to miss a single Sunday Funday! Take a look at what's in store.

August 19 | Global Systems
11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
How do we use technology to learn about our planet? Explore how science is helping us map the ocean floor, understand data, study plants, and more.

July 15 | Ice Cream Day
11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Celebrate National Ice Cream Day with us! Join us for an annual tradition to make your own ice cream, and enjoy tasty treats generously donated by Fenton’s Creamery.

June 10 | Robotics Funday
11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
What does it take to build and program a robot? Learn about robotics from Berkeley scientists, then construct your own artbot!

June 17 | The Art of Math
11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Explore geometry and the fascinating connections between math and art. Experience our new math exhibits, Geometris and MoMath, as well as other special activities.

June 24 | Science Regatta
11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Discover the science behind boats in this Hall favorite activity. Design and build your own boats out of recycled materials, and test them in Forces That Shape the Bay.

July 1 | Big Bug Bonanza
11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Special guests from are back with their hands-on Insect Discovery Lab. Get up close and personal with intriguing insects of all shapes and sizes!

July 8 | Anatomy & Human Health
11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
How can technology help us understand and care for our bodies? Participate in hands-on activities and learn from Berkeley scientists about cutting-edge medical research and technologies.

July 22 | Trapeze Arts
11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Watch special guests Les Arielles of Oakland perform a high-flying trapeze arts show on the Hall's C-level lawn.

July 29 | DNA Funday
11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Discover DNA and genetics through hands-on science experiments and other activities. See your own DNA and learn how scientists are developing gene-editing technology.

August 5 | Alternative Power
11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
What are the different ways we can generate electricity? Discover how the sun can power your home, and explore unique ways to bring energy to people across the world.

August 12 | Robotic Hand Challenge
11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Be one of the first to experience the Hall's newest Ingenuity Challenge. Work together to design, build, and test a prosthetic hand capable of grasping items.

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