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 when 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 educational materials to do the activities in their early childhood centers. Teachers, college students and parents are invited too!


Saturday, June 13, 2015
8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

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

Download flyer for more details.

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