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.
We collaborate with a range of partners to innovate in science education. Together, we go further.
A gold-standard independent study led by the nonprofit research, development, and service agency WestEd, and with funding support by the National Science Foundation, found promising evidence that the Amplify Science middle school curriculum has a significant positive impact on student learning. Amplify Science is the leading phenomena-based curriculum for grades PreK–8. The program blends hands-on investigations, literacy-rich activities, and interactive digital tools to empower students to think, read, write, and argue like real scientists and engineers. Amplify Science was developed by the Lawrence Hall of Science and the digital learning team at Amplify.
WestEd researchers found that:
The randomized controlled study focused on physical science for grade 7 and included 28 teachers and more than 1700 students across three districts. The districts were of varying sizes and serve diverse populations that include multiple racial and ethnic groups, English Learners, and students who qualify for free or reduced-price lunch.
Click here to read the research findings from WestEd.
As The Lawrence Hall of Science’s first curriculum designed to address three-dimensional science standards, Amplify Science reflects state-of-the-art practices in science teaching and learning. Each unit of Amplify Science engages students in a relevant, real-world problem where they investigate scientific phenomena, engage in collaboration and discussion, and develop models or explanations in order to arrive at solutions.