The Lawrence Hall of Science
The Lawrence Hall of Science is a leading developer of science and mathematics curricula, professional development programs, and hands-on learning experiences. In support of its mission—to inspire and foster learning of science and mathematics for all, especially those who have limited access to science—the Hall delivers quality science learning programs to thousands of students in Northern California, across the nation, and internationally. In 2013, Hall-produced education resources, including whole curriculum programs, after school programs, and digital tools, received several awards.
Creating Opportunities for Low-Income Students to Develop Science Skills
The Lawrence Hall of Science's East Bay Academy for Young Scientists (EBAYS) program gives low-income communities of color in the cities of Oakland, Richmond, Emeryville, and San Francisco opportunities to develop critical-thinking skills through scientific research and exploration. Students attend well-structured and academically rigorous activities that lead to the development of important science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) skills, and have the chance to become young leaders by examining health and environmental issues in their communities. EBAYS provides an innovative model for schools and universities to address the inadequacies of STEM education available in the usual school setting in a way that benefits both participants and their home communities. After finishing the program, EBAYS students are finding success in science, with about 90 percent of participants going on to college-level science studies. Lawrence Hall of Science | EBAYS Program
Lawrence Hall of Science Provides Pathways from College to Career
The Lawrence Hall of Science's public science center provides opportunities for both pre-college and UC Berkeley students to get involved in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. Interns and student volunteers work in the Hall’s TechHive and Ingenuity Lab programs, creating science-, technology-, and engineering-based educational activities for the Hall’s public visitors, and participate in group projects such as Maker events and the Pioneer in Engineering Robotics Competition. Through these work and internship opportunities, as well as mentoring provided through partnerships with the College of Engineering and student groups, participants gain deeper understanding of the role of education in their own lives, as well as an awareness of the career opportunities available to them after college. More than 172,000 visitors to the Hall also benefit from the materials created by these students. Lawrence Hall of Science
- Jacqueline Barber, Associate Director of the Lawrence Hall of Science, was the 2012 winner of the International Society for Design and Development in Education's (ISDDE) annual design award for leadership of the design of Seeds of Science/Roots of Reading curriculum. The award recognizes excellence in design of educational products and materials in science or mathematics.
- Common Sense Media, the national nonprofit dedicated to helping parents and teachers manage the media and technology in kids' lives awarded a 2013 ON for Learning Award to the Hall’s 24/7 Science website. The site was chosen because it earned a high learning rating from Common Sense Media, as an engaging website with the potential to help equip kids and teens with the skills they need to thrive in tomorrow's world.
- Two 2013 awards from the Association of Educational Publishers (AEP) went to programs from the Lawrence Hall of Science. The AEP Awards honor the highest quality products for teachers and learners, as well as the best education marketing materials produced each year. Full Option Science System (FOSS) third edition won AEP's 2013 Distinguished Achievement Award for Whole Curriculum in Science and the Halls's AfterSchool KidzScience Forensic Science Kits won in the Supplemental Resources category.
- HowtoSmile.org, a website developed by the Hall in collaboration with several science centers and partners, won the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) 2012 award for Best Website in Curriculum Collaboration and was voted one of this year's Top 100 Educational Websites in 2013 by Homeschool.com.
- The Hall-developed DIY NanoApp for iPhone was awarded a Parents' Choice Silver Honor award for mobile apps. The app was developed by the Lawrence Hall of Science as part of the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Network) with support from the National Science Foundation.
- Hall Director Elizabeth Stage was honored by Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner at the 2013 Women of the Year Awards for her leadership in advancing and empowering girls and women in science, technology, engineering, and math fields.