Lights, Machines, Action


Investigate the properties of light and its effect on objects made with different materials. Students participate in hands-on exploration of simple machines and their applications in everyday life. Students are treated to dramatic demonstration of Newton’s First Law.


Remarkable Reactions!

GRADES: 2 - 5

Students perform a series of experiments and observe fascinating changes chemicals undergo. Students will understand the basics of physical and chemical changes and are amazed to see how some of these changes can be reversed. 


Charge It Up

GRADES: 3, 4

Have fun working with devices that convert energy from one form to another, while understanding the definition of energy and the Law of Conservation of Energy.  Students work with electrical circuits to complete a series of challenges.




Students sharpen their observation skills in this place-based exploration of the science center’s 13-acre campus. By diving into our oak woodland and redwood forest plant communities, students will learn how plants adapt themselves to fit their environment, and in turn how plant communities shape how humans experience the landscape.


Cellular Adventures

GRADES: 6 - 8

Students conduct an investigation to prove that all living things are made of cells.  Students extract onion cells and observe them under a microscope.  First they prepare a slide for microscope viewing by mounting, staining, and placing a coverslip over the sample.  Students then observe the cells under the microscope and record their observations.  In addition they compare and contrast their prepared slides to human cheek cells and examine difference between a typical plant and animal (human) cell. 


DNA Up Close and Personal

GRADES: 6 and Above

In this introduction to biochemistry, students extract their own DNA, using cheek cells as the source.  The lab begins with a discussion of the structure of a typical cell. Then students study DNA -- the very chemical structure responsible for their unique existence. The lesson culminates with students saving their own DNA in a laboratory micro test tube. 


Design Lab

GRADES: 3 - 5

Experience a new workshop designed to introduce students to the engineering design cycle. By participating in a hands-on activity to design, build, and test a prototype solution to a given problem, students engage with the engineering and innovation processes. The engineering design process removes the stigma of "failing." They see how failure is an important part of the problem-solving/iterative process and a positive way to learn. They see how it's equally important that there’s no single “right” answer in engineering; one problem can have many solutions.

Fees:  $225 per one hour workshop, maximum 34 students.

  • One adult or chaperone is required for every six students. Additional adults are allowed, as space permits, at $5 per adult, payable at time of visit.


Call 916.674.5000 to schedule your visit.