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Free Admission: Lawrence Hall of Science | Cal Day 2018

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Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 10:00 am to 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE
Lawrence Hall of Science | 1 Centennial Drive Berkeley, CA 94720

There’s lots to do at UC Berkeley on Cal Day, including visiting the Lawrence Hall of Science for free.

Show off your Bear pride during our annual free day, and discover how the Hall is engaging the next generation of scientists, engineers, and astronauts.

At the Campus

Lawrence Hall of Science: Cal Day 2018
Saturday, April 21, 2018 | 10 am to 5 pm
Lawrence Hall of Science, 1 Centennial Drive #5200, Berkeley

At the Hall Activities

Science@Cal: Design a Tower
On the UC Berkeley Campus
Free, 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Build your own structures using Keva® planks—precisely milled pine planks that can be used to build almost anything you can imagine. Get your Science@Cal passport stamped here

Explore the Universe in the Planetarium
Free, 12:00 noon–4:00 p.m.

Come to their free, drop-in presentations in the Lawrence Hall of Science Planetarium. Explore the Solar System and fly beyond the edge of the galaxy. Your astronomy questions will push our interactive Planetarium to full throttle.

Hall visitors enjoy a Planetarium show.

Critter Corner
In the Animal Discovery Room
Free, 10:30 a.m.–12:00 noon

In the Critter Corner, kids age 8 and under can observe how animals move, feel, and eat. Read stories, role-play with toy animals and habitats to better understand animal life, and meet the featured animal this month: turtles.

An Exploration of the Global Climate: Past, Present, and Future
Special presentation at Science on a Sphere®
Free, 11:00–11:45 a.m.

How does Earth’s climate function? What happened to global climate in the past, and what is projected to happen in the future? Using the backdrop of stunning visualizations of the Science on a Sphere to introduce key features of our global climate, we will discuss some contemporary research questions that arise in climate dynamics and climate change.

Presentation by UC Professor John Chiang. Museum visitors study the globe visualization.

Ingenuity Lab: Artbots
Free, 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Experiment with engineering and motion as you design, build, and test LEGO® artbots. Observe and compare how your motorized contraptions perform as you create surprising and unexpected patterns. Our youngest engineers will experiment with simpler Wobble Bots.

“B” Is for Bear Pride Sale
In the Discovery Corner Toy & Book Store
12:00 noon–5:00 p.m.

Bear pride comes to the Hall. Get a 10% discount at the Discovery Corner Toy & Book Store on all items beginning with a “B”: as in bears, Berkeley shirts, books, beipiaosaurus replicas, and more. Oski, the Berkeley bear standing in the Discovery Corner Toy and Book Store

Special Programs at the Hall

Build a Better World Together
Free, 10:00–5:00 p.m.

It’s your turn to be the architect of a better community. Where will you place your structure? Should a house be near businesses to create a walkable neighborhood? Should a city hall be in the center of town? How many parks does your community need? Collaborate with other visitors to envision and build a better world out of LEGO® bricks

Meet a Friend in the Animal Discovery Room
Free, 1:30–4:00 p.m.

When you visit the international colony of teaching animals—from axolotls to legless lizards—you’ll learn a lot about animal behavior and habitats. Our knowledgeable staff will introduce you to our wonderful creatures and share fun stories and interesting facts about them. Through these encounters you’ll discover more about yourself and other organisms as well.

Children play with a live frog in the Animal Discovery Room.

Get Hands-On with Science in Design Quest
Free, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Get inspired and collaborate. Tinker with unexpected materials, design and launch a rocket, even “fly high” and tell your story with stop-motion animation. Get your Science@Cal passport stamped here.

Science On a Sphere® Explorations
Free, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Learn about natural disasters, seismic waves, climate change, and new planets in our galaxy through stories developed by UC Berkeley’s seismological lab, NASA, and NOAA, viewed in stunning visual effect on our six-foot-diameter globe.

Event Details

Cost: FREE
Categories: **Annual Event**, *Top Pick*, East Bay, Fun & Games, Geek Event, Kids & Families, Lectures & Workshops
Address: 1 Centennial Drive Berkeley, CA 94720

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