Professional Development Educators

Workshops for Teachers, Community Educators and Parents

The California Science Center offers workshops that introduce research-based strategies for teaching science to preK-12 students.  We make science fun by emphasizing student-driven inquiry, hands-on experiences, and engineering design challenges.  We make your teaching more effective by modeling academic discourse, science notebooking, and project-based learning.  In addition, we focus on incorporating Next Generation Science Standards into your curriculum. Join us today for a workshop designed for your grade level!


Visit the Custom Workshops page for information on our signature Preschool Hands-On STEM program.

FREE Preschool Open House for Supervisors and Administrators

Do you want to reenergize your staff with new ideas, strategies and hands-on science activities that will enhance the learning experiences they provide for their students? Join us for an interesting day were we will learn about new trends on early childhood science exploration and the many offerings the California Science Center has for your young learners and their teachers. The day will include a presentation by early childhood brain development expert, Joan Maltese, Ph.D., Executive Director of Child Development Institute, a conversation about our offerings, hands-on activities and a tour of some of our exhibits. In addition, all participants will receive an educational material to use in their early childhood centers.


Saturday, January 24, 2015
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Please call 213-744-2036 or email to register. Light breakfast, lunch and parking fee included.

Download flyer for more details.


Exploring Ecosystems: For 3rd-5th Grade Educators

Inspired by our interactive Ecosystems Exhibit, come immerse yourself in the most fundamental concepts in ecology while exploring student-driven, problem-based learning activities.  This workshop series is designed to encourage teachers and students to experience science that is all around us! 


Saturday, April 11, 2015
Saturday, April 18, 2015
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Participants must attend both dates.

Registration fee: FREE

To register, please email with the following information:
1. Name and School Site
2. Email Address
3. Grade-Level
4. Commitment to attend ALL dates

Engaging Students in Science with Lakeshore Learning: For PK - 5th Grade Educators

Come experience how you can connect the wealth of resources offered by the California Science Center and Lakeshore Learning with hands-on activities that will drive your students to excel with NGSS. Workshops are divided by grade level to maximize learning opportunities.


Grades PK-K: Saturday, March 21, 2015
Grades 1-2: Saturday, May 16, 2015
Grades 3-5: Saturday, May 30, 2015
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Registration fee: $60 per person per workshop

To register for any of the above dates, please call our Reservations Department at 213.744.2019. If you have questions regarding the workshops, please email

Tackling NGSS with Trash for Teaching: For K-2 Teachers

The Science and Engineering Practices are integral components of NGSS. Come learn how you can immerse your K-2 students in critical thinking activities where they can define problems, develop models, and design solutions.  


Thursday, June 11, 2015
8:30-3:30 p.m. at the California Science Center 
Friday, June 12, 2015
8:30-12:30 p.m. at Trash for Teaching
Participants must attend both dates.

Early bird registration fee (until March 31, 2015): $80 per person
Regular registration fee (on or after April 1, 2015): $100 per person 

To register for this workshop, please call our Reservations Department at 213.744.2019. If you have questions regarding the workshops, please email

Middle School

Inquiry by Design: A Middle School Professional Development Series

Explore ways to transition your science curriculum into NGSS, with special attention to the science and engineering design practices. This is a 3-day, hands-on workshop designed for 6th-8th grade science teachers. Participants will benefit from special tours of the California Science Center, focused break-out sessions, classroom materials, and more!


Saturday, January 24, 2015
Saturday, February 28, 2015
Saturday, March 14, 2015 
Participants must attend all dates.

Registration is closed. Please contact to be placed on the waitlist.

If you have any questions or need additional information please contact