Afterschool Science Online

Investigate and explore with us this fall in Afterschool Science Online! Experience engaging hands-on science with our expert educators online from the comfort of your own home. All materials required for exciting activities and experiments will be shipped directly to you. 

Our interactive programs are available for children entering first grade through high school. Programs run Wednesday afternoons on November 3, 10, 17 & December 1, 8, 15. Advance registration is required in order to ensure that you receive materials before the program begins.

Afterschool Science Online Classes

Camps and Classes at The Lawrence

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“The staff at LHS camp are amazing…They listened for feedback and shared little stories about the kids’ days. Couldn’t be happier with such a magnificent team.”

Sunstones at The Lawrence

Parent of Camper

“High-level and FUN STEM programming. Relatable staff and educators.”

Children playing on the DNA sculpture at the Lawrence

Parent of Camper

“My son loved it. He was sad when it ended. Every day he came home happy and excited to talk about the day’s activities.”

Two children and a staff member are working together during a science activity.

Parent of Camper

“I knew she had an excellent day every day when she came home bubbling with facts that she learned that day and stories about what happened at LHS. Thanks for creating such an amazing environment for learning. I wished all students would be able to experience some of what she did during her time at LHS.”

The Lawrence Hall of Science

Parent of Camper

“Kind and welcoming instructors who truly love what they are doing. A quality educational program. Convenient timings. What’s not to love?”

Children playing on Pheena the Whale

Parent of Camper

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Frequently Asked Questions

General FAQ

What does the online program look like, and how does it differ from in-person classes?

Our online programs bring many of the key elements of in-person instruction to the virtual learning world: personal attention, a low staff-to-participant ratio, serious science learning, lots of hands-on fun, and interaction with other participants. 

Who are the online instructors?

The online instructors are museum educators from The Lawrence. We maintain a low staff ratio of 1:6, which encourages their engagement with participants.  

My child’s needs are unique. How do I communicate that with the staff in advance?

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact Joanna, Director, at lhscamps@berkeley.edu

Materials Q&A

Camp starts next week. What should I do if we still have not received the material box from the Lawrence? 

Make sure your shipping address is the same as the one you entered when completing registration. Our shipping time line ensures that the materials box should arrive by Monday of the week before your program. If you have not received materials by that day before 4 p.m., please contact us, and we will work with you to remedy.

How will I know if I have received all the materials?

When you open the materials box, please review the enclosed packing list to make sure that all the listed contents are present. If something is missing or arrives broken, please let us know by the Monday before your program and we will work with you to remedy.  

How do I go about collecting the items that are not shipped in the materials box?

Please refer to the corresponding program description, as each program is different. Typically, you should be collecting recycled materials for construction and making sure you have a clean designated work space.

Will my camper need help handling the materials?

While all programs are carefully designed to be age-appropriate, some programs may require limited help from an adult to check the packing list and to help with setup. Please note that children younger than the age range of the program should never handle program materials. Parents are required to be onsite while children are participating in the program. If you still have questions regarding camp materials, please email lhscamps@berkeley.edu  

Registration Q&A

How do I register for this program?

  • To register for Afterschool Science Online, go to our Registration page
    1. If you purchased our Online Summer Discovery Camps this year, you already have an account. Use the email associated with your account and the password you created.
    2. If you are a Member and this is the first time you have logged into our new system, use the email associated with your membership and click “Reset Password.” If you don’t remember the email you gave us when you joined, please email lhsreg@berkeley.edu; we will let you know the email you gave us. Please do not create a new account!
    3. If you are not a Member and have not purchased anything from us this year, please create a new account. 
  • During the registration process, we will ask for the email address that will be used to login to a REGISTERED ZOOM ACCOUNT, which is required in order to participate in our classes. We will use this same email address for communicating with you about Afterschool Science Online. This must be the email address of a Parent/Guardian/Adult, and not of the participant (child). We will not communicate with minors directly. Note: UC Berkeley now requires all participants in a program to sign in to a Zoom account; you may use your existing Zoom account, or you can set up a free account here.
  • During the registration process, we will ask for an address to which we will ship class materials. It does not need to be the same as the address on your account. Please make sure the address you provide is where you want the materials shipped.
  • If you have any questions related to camp registration, please email: lhsreg@berkeley.edu 

Can I cancel or transfer a program for which I am already registered?

  • All programs are nonrefundable after October 5 at 5:00 p.m. If you cancel before that time, you will receive  a refund of fees minus a $25 administrative fee.
  • You may transfer to another session before October 5 at 5:00 p.m. if space is available. Transfers will incur a $25 transfer fee. 
  • If you are unable to attend the program after the cancellation deadline, the materials are yours to keep but, unfortunately, there will be no refund.

Can more than one participant sit at the computer? 

  • Each participant must be registered, paid, and signed off with waivers even if at a single site. 
  • We welcome multiple participants per household, and each registrant will receive their own materials kit.

What if I have other questions related to registering for programs that are not addressed here?

If you still have any other questions related to registration, please email: lhsreg@berkeley.edu  

Zoom Q&A

What is Zoom and how does it work?

For those unfamiliar with Zoom, the following links will be helpful:

https://zoom.us/docs/en-us/covid19.html

https://berkeley.service-now.com/kb_view.do?sysparm_article=KB0012906

Please remember to use the email address you provided during registration to log into Zoom. Our programs also require the use of a password for extra security. If you have any issues, please send us an email (lhscamps@berkeley.edu) and we will be happy to help.

The Zoom link doesn’t work. What should I do?

Be sure you are logged into your approved Zoom account before you click the Zoom link.

I have not received any of my Zoom link information for programs.

Make sure you are checking the same email account you used to register. Check your spam folder. If you still can’t find the information, please send us an email at lhscamps@berkeley.edu and we will send another email with the Zoom link information.

What if I have other questions related to camp that are not addressed here?

For answers to any other questions related to camp, please email us at lhscamps@berkeley.edu.