The Lawrence Hall of Science
The public science center of the University of California, Berkeley.
10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
On a visit to The Lawrence, students collaborate to investigate new ideas as they become scientists and engineers for a day.
We partner with school districts to support science learning. We offer district-wide elementary, middle, and high school programs, either virtually or in-person.
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Welcome to the world of phenomenal physics! In this lab, you will be introduced to the forces of physics – the basic principles that govern our physical world. As a physicist, you will observe, ask, and experiment on topics ranging from electricity and magnetism to sound and fluid dynamics. What will you discover about these forces?
Have you ever experienced a thunderstorm? Do you know how fires burn? Join us to learn more about how charges can impact the world around us through several bright and explosive demonstrations. Spark an interest in electricity and fire safety in this spectacular show!
The Mystery: Fish and other wildlife are dying. The Investigation: Perform chemical and biological tests to determine what could be causing the situation. Intriguing hands-on test stations await as you gather clues, analyze data, and research the history of the area to become an environmental detective. The mystery continues back in the classroom, as teachers choose a follow-up activity from the packet provided, and as students pool their results and attempt to solve the mystery.
Step into the shoes of an engineer as you Build, Engineer, and Invent! This hands-on design challenge experience brings out the engineer in everyone. Explore building in two and three dimensions while discovering the design properties involved in constructing sturdy structures, bridges, roller coasters, and more! We bring the building materials; you supply the creativity!
What happens when you mix baking soda and vinegar in a gigantic test tube…and then try to contain it? What sub-zero substance has the ability to shrink an inflated balloon down to nothing, or even make a plant as delicate as glass? What is dry-ice and what does it do?! Discover the answer to these questions, and more, through the phase-changing, mind-bending world of solids, liquids, and gases!
Through playful investigations of physical science and engineering, junior engineers will Build, Engineer, and Invent! Explore motion and force as you create pathways complete with ramps, drops, twists, and turns. Explore which shapes are the strongest by erecting giant structures and testing them for stability. We bring the building materials; you supply the creativity!