Camps & Classes

Welcome to our 2021 Summer Camp offerings! We remain, as always, fully committed to providing safe and fun science learning for your children. This summer’s offerings are designed to meet the unique safety and health concerns that have evolved during the COVID-19 pandemic, so the camp experiences will differ from those in past summers. We are now offering both in-person camps at The Lawrence as well as online camps. Rest assured, our team has put together a fantastic program that will offer the same high-quality and engaging experiences that you have come to expect from us. Registration is open!

Afterschool Science Online

Investigate and explore with us this fall in Afterschool Science Online! Experience engaging hands-on science with our expert educators online from the comfort of your own home. All materials required for exciting activities and experiments will be shipped directly to you. 

Our interactive programs are available for children entering first grade through high school. Programs run Wednesday afternoons on November 3, 10, 17 & December 1, 8, 15. Advance registration is required in order to ensure that you receive materials before the program begins.

Afterschool Science Online Classes

Frequently Asked Questions

General FAQ

What does the online program look like, and how does it differ from in-person classes?

Our online programs bring many of the key elements of in-person instruction to the virtual learning world: personal attention, a low staff-to-participant ratio, serious science learning, lots of hands-on fun, and interaction with other participants. 

Who are the online instructors?

The online instructors are museum educators from The Lawrence. We maintain a low staff ratio of 1:6, which encourages their engagement with participants.  

My child’s needs are unique. How do I communicate that with the staff in advance?

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact Joanna, Director, at lhscamps@berkeley.edu

Materials Q&A

Camp starts next week. What should I do if we still have not received the material box from the Lawrence? 

Make sure your shipping address is the same as the one you entered when completing registration. Our shipping time line ensures that the materials box should arrive by Monday of the week before your program. If you have not received materials by that day before 4 p.m., please contact us, and we will work with you to remedy.

How will I know if I have received all the materials?

When you open the materials box, please review the enclosed packing list to make sure that all the listed contents are present. If something is missing or arrives broken, please let us know by the Monday before your program and we will work with you to remedy.  

How do I go about collecting the items that are not shipped in the materials box?

Please refer to the corresponding program description, as each program is different. Typically, you should be collecting recycled materials for construction and making sure you have a clean designated work space.

Will my camper need help handling the materials?

While all programs are carefully designed to be age-appropriate, some programs may require limited help from an adult to check the packing list and to help with setup. Please note that children younger than the age range of the program should never handle program materials. Parents are required to be onsite while children are participating in the program. If you still have questions regarding camp materials, please email lhscamps@berkeley.edu  

Registration Q&A

How do I register for this program?

  • To register for Afterschool Science Online, go to our Registration page
    1. If you purchased our Online Summer Discovery Camps this year, you already have an account. Use the email associated with your account and the password you created.
    2. If you are a Member and this is the first time you have logged into our new system, use the email associated with your membership and click “Reset Password.” If you don’t remember the email you gave us when you joined, please email lhsreg@berkeley.edu; we will let you know the email you gave us. Please do not create a new account!
    3. If you are not a Member and have not purchased anything from us this year, please create a new account. 
  • During the registration process, we will ask for the email address that will be used to login to a REGISTERED ZOOM ACCOUNT, which is required in order to participate in our classes. We will use this same email address for communicating with you about Afterschool Science Online. This must be the email address of a Parent/Guardian/Adult, and not of the participant (child). We will not communicate with minors directly. Note: UC Berkeley now requires all participants in a program to sign in to a Zoom account; you may use your existing Zoom account, or you can set up a free account here.
  • During the registration process, we will ask for an address to which we will ship class materials. It does not need to be the same as the address on your account. Please make sure the address you provide is where you want the materials shipped.
  • If you have any questions related to camp registration, please email: lhsreg@berkeley.edu 

Can I cancel or transfer a program for which I am already registered?

  • All programs are nonrefundable after October 5 at 5:00 p.m. If you cancel before that time, you will receive  a refund of fees minus a $25 administrative fee.
  • You may transfer to another session before October 5 at 5:00 p.m. if space is available. Transfers will incur a $25 transfer fee. 
  • If you are unable to attend the program after the cancellation deadline, the materials are yours to keep but, unfortunately, there will be no refund.

Can more than one participant sit at the computer? 

  • Each participant must be registered, paid, and signed off with waivers even if at a single site. 
  • We welcome multiple participants per household, and each registrant will receive their own materials kit.

What if I have other questions related to registering for programs that are not addressed here?

If you still have any other questions related to registration, please email: lhsreg@berkeley.edu  

Zoom Q&A

What is Zoom and how does it work?

For those unfamiliar with Zoom, the following links will be helpful:

https://zoom.us/docs/en-us/covid19.html

https://berkeley.service-now.com/kb_view.do?sysparm_article=KB0012906

Please remember to use the email address you provided during registration to log into Zoom. Our programs also require the use of a password for extra security. If you have any issues, please send us an email (lhscamps@berkeley.edu) and we will be happy to help.

The Zoom link doesn’t work. What should I do?

Be sure you are logged into your approved Zoom account before you click the Zoom link.

I have not received any of my Zoom link information for programs.

Make sure you are checking the same email account you used to register. Check your spam folder. If you still can’t find the information, please send us an email at lhscamps@berkeley.edu and we will send another email with the Zoom link information.

What if I have other questions related to camp that are not addressed here?

For answers to any other questions related to camp, please email us at lhscamps@berkeley.edu.

Summer Camps at The Lawrence

In-person camps are available for children from Pre-K through high school, in a variety of topics ranging from dinosaurs and slime to astronomy and coding. So long as public health guidelines permit it, camps will take place at The Lawrence beginning on June 7 thru August 6. Sessions are designed with public health guidance and camper safety in mind. To keep our campers safe, they will be divided into small, stable, grade-level groupings (called pods) of campers and camp leaders who will experience three weeks of camp together from start to finish. Each pod will be located in its own assigned space in The Lawrence; they will not share outdoor time together with other pods; and they will have assigned times for outdoor experiences, as well as other Lawrence experiences, to limit their exposure to other pods. Additional measures will be in place to maximize camper health and safety, while permitting high-quality, hands-on experiences you have come to expect from The Lawrence.

Online Science Discovery Camps

Interactive online camps are available for children entering first grade through high school who want to engage with science but aren’t ready to join us in-person, or who can only participate from home due to distance or other considerations. Online camps start June 7th thru August 6. Campers will enjoy engaging, hands-on science experiences, will have many opportunities to complete projects, will share with each other and also the camp leaders, and will surely have a good time! We will send all the materials directly to you. Each online camp session lasts one or two weeks; some middle and high school sessions are two weeks long. Advance registration is required in order to ensure that materials reach you before the start of camp.

Children conducting a science experiment building bridges and using a model car
Grades 1 – 2
Students wearing safety glasses working together on a science experiment
Grades 3 – 4
Students working on a science project together
Grades 5 – 6
Students working on a science project together
Grades 7 – 8 – 9
Students working on a science project together
Grades 10 – 11 – 12