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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!


TheBrainAndLearningThe Brain and Learning, A Multidisciplinary Approach for Early Childhood Education

Learn new strategies to engage young learners in the discovery of science, engineering, art, language, nature, and much more! During this 4th annual symposium, there will be a panel discussion focusing on trending topics in child development. Additionally, there will be breakout sessions with a wide variety of topics. There will also be time to browse through our Curriculum Faire and Educational Trucks Faire to learn about different programs and products that you can take back to your site or community event that will enhance young children's explorations and learning opportunities. We hope to see you there!

The Brain and Learning Symposium Date:

Saturday, October 11, 2014
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
$85/person or $75/person for groups of 5 or more

Click here to register.
Registration includes light breakfast, lunch, and parking. For additional information, call (323) 421-1462 or (213) 744-7444.
Download a flyer with additional information.


Unpacking NGSS for Practical Use in the K-8 California Science Classroom

Wondering how NGSS impacts your classroom? Join the UC Berkeley's Lawrence Hall of Science and California Science Center for an exclusive Professional Development Opportunity.

Highlights of this workshop include:

  • Gain firsthand experience with an integrated K-8 Science and Literacy Instructional approach that immerses students into the world of scientists and engineers
  • Unpack the NGSS standards for implementation in your classroom
  • Understand the role technology can play in transforming your classroom
  • Experience strategies to facilitate student-centered science exploration
  • Discover resources available for students at the California Science Center

Workshop Date:

Saturday, October 25, 2014
8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
This workshop is full, and registration is closed.

Normally $85, this workshop has a special discounted $30 registration fee. Please call (213) 744-2019 to register. Registration includes: breakfast, lunch, parking, and materials.
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FREE Preschool Open House for Supervisors and Administrators

Do you want to reenergize your staff with new ideas, strategies and hands-on science activities that will enhance the learning experiences they provide for their students? Join us for an interesting morning were we will learn about new trends on early childhood science exploration and the many offerings the California Science Center has for your young learners and their teachers. The morning will include a presentation by an early childhood expert, a conversation about our offerings and a tour of some of our exhibits.

FREE Preschool Open House Date:

Saturday, November 1, 2014
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Please call 213-744-2036 or email [email protected] to register. Light breakfast and parking fee included.
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Education and the Environment Initiative (EEI)

New topic for Fall 2014: 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, November 8, 2014
8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
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Preschool Hands-on STEM Program

Engage young learners in the discovery of nature and science!  Each of our thematic units includes materials for students to explore scientific concepts and create models to demonstrate what they are learning.  We provide a full-day workshop for each unit, and the necessary materials!  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 Tool Kit
  • I Am a Scientist!
  • Balls, Ramps, and Roller Coasters
  • From Seed to Plant
  • 6 Legs, 8 Legs, Many Legs!
  • Habitats
  • Build it!


Inquiry By Design

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:

Saturday, January 24, 2015
Saturday, February 28, 2015
Saturday, March 14, 2015
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].