Galaxy Quest


Younger students experience the excitement of space travel! This simulation will have astronauts in training visit a space station in orbit around the Earth to complete scientific tests. Upon their return to our home planet students work in Mission Control to learn more about the challenges of the space environment.


Remarkable Reactions


Students perform a series of experiments and observe the 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


Students receive a fun introduction to electricity and learn what really happens when you flip on a power switch. They work with devices that convert energy from one form to another. Working with electrical circuits, students complete a series of challenges.

Fantastic Physics


Waves are not only in the ocean, but all around us. From the sound you hear, to the light you see, both sound and light travel in waves. In our new physics workshop, students test light waves using different materials and learn how to describe and measure their properties. They also use a tuning fork to investigate the relationship between waves and vibrations. Classes explore waves on a large scale model to help understand the waves we cannot see.




Explore an ecosystem! Students sharpen their observation skills in this outdoor-based exploration of the science center's 13 acre campus. By keeping a field guide of what they find, students learn about the different trees and animals that make California their home, as well as how they affect on another's survival.


Cellular Adventures

GRADES: 6 - 8

Have your students conduct an investigation to demonstrate that all living things are composed of cells. Students extract onion cells, and prepare their sample for microscope viewing by mounting, staining, and adding a coverslip. They observe the cells under the microscope while recording and sketching observations. In addition, they compare and contrast their prepared slides to human cheek cells and examine differences between plant and animal cells.


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

Build, test, and rebuild! The Design Lab program introduces students to the engineering design cycle. Students create prototypes and models to complete hands-on design challenges. By removing the stigma of "failing" students see how failure is an important part of the problem solving-iterative process and a positive way to learn.

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.