Elementary School Programs

Our K-5 programs are geared towards introducing kids to the world of science. In addition to supporting local STEM/STEAM nights and hosting field trips, we encourage Berkeley Lab staff to check out our BLISS Kits to host hands-on science activities at youth events.

After School Science Hour

3:00 to 3:45pm, every 3rd Wednesday of the month

Join Berkeley Lab scientists for after school science hour! Hear about some of the exciting research happening at Berkeley Lab and directly ask scientists questions. Each month will feature a different theme and a fun and engaging hands-on STEM activity that can easily be done at home.

(This program is geared for an elementary school audience. Live Science offers a more in-depth exploration into Berkeley Lab research topics for middle and high school students.)

Upcoming Science Hour - Spooky Science! (October 27)

It's almost Halloween and the zombies can't wait to get out of their tombs! Berkeley Lab scientist Dr. Nobumichi Tamura will share his research on a 2050-year-old Roman tomb, and how the crystalline structure within the tomb's concrete made it so strong that it's still standing today. Attendees will learn how to create their own 3D crystal models to design and build their own tombs. Will your tomb be strong enough to prevent a zombie apocalypse?

Materials:

  • Toothpicks, skewers, or dry spaghetti

  • Marshmallows, gummies, or bits of clay/play-dough

  • Books, water bottles, or other objects to test the strength of tomb structures

The following are not required for the design challenge, but would add another dimension of learning by observing crystals in everyday materials!

  • Magnifying glass

  • Salt

  • Sugar

Please register for the event here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

January 28 at 5:30 PM

Scientific Adventures for Girls and Berkeley Lab K-12 are hosting a free virtual STEM night for Bay Area families. Relax at home while engaging with electrifying hands-on science activities.

Flashlight worksheet

Capillary action worksheet

Glowing groundhog bag

5th Grade Field Trips

Suspended until further notice

Experiences include visiting the Lab, touring facilities, taking part in STEM activities meeting with scientists and learning about careers. Sign up for our educator newsletter to find out when registration opens.

STEM/STEAM Nights

Do you have a program at your school in need of scientists and engineers? Is there a STEM/STEAM Night coming up? Berkeley Lab would like to be a part of your efforts! Submit a request so that we can help put you in contact with a speaker or facilitate an activity.