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Workshops for Teachers, Community Educators and Parents

Infuse your practice with innovative ideas and strategies to engage students in science learning! Explore activities and materials designed to inspire student-driven inquiry and critical thinking. Workshops are correlated to both Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards - plus offer interdisciplinary connections to deepen student understanding. Deepen your own science knowledge and expand your teaching practices by participating in one of our workshops today!


Education and the Environment Initiative (EEI)

Engage your students with fun environment-based lessons that support Common Core and address the topics they care about – the air they breathe, the water they drink, and the food they eat. EEI helps students understand their relationship to the environment while preparing them to be critical thinkers and 21st century problem solvers.

EEI Workshop Date:

Saturday, August 9, 2014
8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Download a registration form and addtional information.
Register by August 1 to reserve your spot!


Tech Tools 101: Social Media Skills for Educators

Learn practical skills for using technology and social media to engage youth in service learning and community-based education.

This dynamic day-long workshop offers hands-on, personalized training to see how young people are using technology to make a difference in their communities, and how YOU can stay in step with these digital experts by building your tech skills! Open to K-12 educators with all tech levels - beginners to advanced techies are welcome!

Tech Tools 101 Workshop Date:

Saturday, September 6, 2014
8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Download a registration form and additional information.
Call (213) 744-2019 to register. Registration includes light breakfast, lunch, and parking. Please bring your own electronic device (i.e. laptop, smartphone, or tablet).


Preschool Hands-on STEM Program

Engage young learners in the discovery of nature and science!  Each of our themed units includes materials for 24 students to explore scientific concepts and create models to demonstrate learning.  We provide a full-day training workshop for each unit, then the materials are yours to keep!  Programs are customizable; your group or school can select one, two, or all seven units.  For group pricing, please contact [email protected].

Current units include:

  • Technology Toolkit
  • I am a Scientist!
  • Balls, Ramps, and Roller Coasters
  • From Seed to Plant
  • 6 Legs, 8 Legs, Many Legs
  • Habitats
  • Build it!


FREE Ascent to Orbit STEM Program:

Materials, Technology Toolkit Check Out, Curriculum, and Field Trip Stipend included!

Explore the past, present, and future of space exploration in this hands-on, technology-rich curriculum designed for 4th-8th grade. Teachers apply in groups of two, three, or four from the same school site. Participating school teams are eligible for classroom materials, the option to check out a technology toolkit, access to curriculum, and a bus transportation stipend for a field trip to the California Science Center. Registration is now OPEN – spots are limited, and available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis!

Ascent to Orbit workshop dates:

Wednesday July 16, 2014 – 8:30am-3pm
Thursday July 17, 2014 – 8:30am-3pm
Friday July 18, 2014 – 8:30am-12:30pm
Saturday December 13, 2014 – 8:30am-12:30pm
All teacher participants must attend all dates.

To apply, email [email protected] with the following:

  • Confirm ALL teachers can attend ALL dates
  • School name
  • Teachers' names and grades
  • Teachers' email addresses


FREE Middle School Professional Development Workshop:

Materials, Lesson Plans, and NGSS training included!

Explore ways to transition your science curriculum into NGSS, with special attention to the science and engineering design practices. This is a 3-day, hands-on workshop designed for 6th-8th grade science teachers. Participants will benefit from special tours of the California Science Center, focused break-out sessions, classroom materials, and more! Registration is now OPEN - spots are limited, and available on a 'first come, first served' basis!

Middle School Workshop Dates:

Wednesday July 30, 2014
Thursday July 31, 2014
Friday August 1, 2014
All teacher participants must attend all dates.

To apply, email [email protected] with the following:

  • Confirm that you can attend ALL dates
  • School name
  • Your name and the grade(s) you teach
  • Your preferred email address


If you have any questions or need additional information please call Robin Gose, Director of Professional Development at (213) 744-7455, or email [email protected].