The Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS), was built in 1968 as a tribute to physicist E by the Regents of the University of California. O. Lawrence, inventor of the cyclotron and first Nobel laureate of the University. The Hall is built above the campus and boasts a beautiful location that overlooks the Berkeley campus and the San Francisco Bay. A new immersive outdoor exhibit, "Forces that Shape the Bay," will allow visitors to appreciate not only the Bay's beauty but also the geological, climatic, marine, and human forces that created it.
The Hall creates and disseminates model science and mathematics programs for teaching and learning and acts as a resource hub for children, parents, educators, and policymakers seeking to promote awareness and appreciate science and mathematics. LHS is recognized internationally for its groundbreaking mathematics and science programs which encompass curriculum growth, public programs, exhibits, teacher education, and collaborative efforts with schools to better prepare students for higher education.
In the integration of these diverse practices and their important affiliation with the University of California, it is unique among science centers. The Hall was a pioneer in teaching science's driven exploration method and this underpins the work of four program divisions: public science centers, student and family services, teacher leadership, and research and development curriculum.
Public Science Center
For its 56,000 square feet of public exhibition and program space, The Hall has produced hundreds of original exhibits including a 27-seat immersive planetarium, biology discovery laboratory, computer lab, and other workshop areas. The Hall provides faculty scientists with a forum to reach a wider audience for cutting-edge research; for example, a display that illustrates nanotechnology is currently under progress.
Public themed events, from stargazing to bubble festivals to family days with hands-on games and entertainment, are provided daily with entry. A corps of 70 adult instructors, about 90 teen interns, and various UC Berkeley students organize visitor encounters and conduct presentations on-floor for the quarter-million visitors each year.
Student and Family Program
The Hall has been delivering direct support to students and families for more than three decades, both at the science center and at school sites throughout the greater Bay Area. Classes, seminars, assembly events such as the Science Discovery Theater, festivals such as "Build It," and whole marine science school immersion programs are among the 2,100 school programs that serve 275,000 students each year. FAMILY MATH is a school-based practice that has existed in almost every state in hundreds of schools; the leaders' guide has been translated into Chinese, Spanish, and Swedish.
Teacher and Leadership Programs
Hundreds of educators receive professional development through intense, one-day, and multi-day in-service seminars in summer institutes. The School Change Center helps schools at all levels pursue institutional change with consistent and organized guidance on topics ranging from compliance with expectations to parental engagement to education technology. The School Systems Alliance for Collaborative Change (ACCESS) is working to enhance the capacity of neighboring urban school districts to prepare historically underrepresented students for admission to four-year colleges.
The Bay Area Mathematics Project and the Bay Area Science Project are collaborating to improve the curriculum awareness of teachers, give them tools to work efficiently with English Language Learners, and help them develop leadership skills so they can collaborate with their colleagues to maximize student achievement. The goal of Family Health is to improve the awareness of science, health, and math for parents and educators of under-served children.
By Jeffreymendel Jeffrey Nash - Own work, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=50308966
This amazing landmark is located near the following amazing must-see sites in Berkeley, California:
- Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
- Indian Rock Park
- Tilden Regional Park
- Berkeley Rose Garden
- César E. Chávez Park
- The University of California Botanical Garden
- Adventure Playground
- Codornices Park
All of these wonderful points of interest are located just a short distance from our location, conveniently located just down the freeway at 1261 Locust St, Walnut Creek! Stop by for a visit anytime!