Library Programs - Bay Area Discovery Museum

Library Programs

Engage and inspire young learners at your library branch with BADM’s award-winning, hands-on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs.

Find the program thats right for you!

  • STEM Workshops: 60 minute workshops that explore STEM topics for children ages 3 – 8
  •  Try It Truck Programs: 120 minute engineering workshops designed for children ages 5 – 10

To book a BADM program for your library branch or system, please contact our School and Community Programs team at

STEM Workshops at Your Library

Bring STEM to life for your visitors! During STEM Workshops, dynamic BADM educators lead a hands-on, multisensory exploration of STEM content. These workshops are held inside and require 3-4 tables.

Availability: Monday – Saturday
Timing: 60 minute workshop
Target Ages: 3-8
Group Size: 30 children and their caregivers
Price: $335 per session (includes $35 mileage fee); mileage fee waived if multiple programs are booked for the same day by one library system

STEM Workshop Topics:

Bridge Builders (ages 3-6)
Engineers engage directly with the engineering design process as they investigate how bridges work and then build and test their own.

Mas Math! (ages 3-6)
Mathematicians build foundational number sense by comparing quantities, and engage in gross motor play with bean bag and hopscotch math games.

Measurement and Me (ages 3-6)
Mathematicians use nonstandard methods of measurement to compare, contrast, and count as they investigate how tall, long, wide, and heavy the things in the world around them are.

Nature Studio (ages 3-6)
Scientists ask questions and explore the scientific process as they dissect a local plant, experiment with science tools, build with recycled and natural materials, and engage in gross motor play.

Ten in My Toolbox (ages 3-6)
Mathematicians explore early math concepts by counting, comparing, sorting, and engaging in active gross motor play as they learn the many ways they can make the number 10!

Fairy Tale Engineering (ages 4-8)
Engineers engage directly with the engineering design process as they experiment with different materials and build prototypes to solve problems for beloved fairy tale characters.

Push, Pull, Crash! (ages 4-8)
Scientists experiment with push and pull to cause and avoid collisions, create art, and explore the powers of force and friction.

Stretch It, Shape It, Grow It (ages 4-8)
Neuroscientists learn about their amazing brains! Children investigate different parts of the brain and explore how practice, taking risks, and making mistakes can help their brain grow and develop.

Try It Truck Programs at Your Library

Bring our engineering-lab-on-wheels to your branch! Children will take risks, try new ideas, and build creative problem-solving skills as they explore engineering. These programs can occur outdoors, or in a combination of indoor and outdoor spaces, and are great for summer reading kick-offs and other special events.

Availability: Monday – Saturday

Timing: 120 minute workshop

Target Ages: 5-10

Group Size:

Sampler Program is best suited for 40-70 children and their caregivers.

*Our Festival Program is best suited for 60-130 children and their caregivers.


* Our Sampler Program (5 stations) $550

* Our Festival Program (8 stations) $800

Additional mileage fee of $35 applies to programs more than 40 miles away from the museum. Need-based scholarships are available.

Try it Truck Program Offerings (ages 5 – 10):

Try It Truck Sampler:

Engineers get a taste of the engineering design process as they solve challenges using diverse materials and several key tools, including a hand tool and the laser cutter.

Try It Truck Festival:

Engineers dig into the engineering design process through challenges related to movement and transportation. Participants will learn about diverse materials, build and try out prototypes and get first-hand experience with a variety of tools, including hand tools and high-tech tools.

Registration Information

BADM is currently booking library programs for September 1, 2018 – May 30, 2019.

To book a BADM program for your library branch or system, please contact our School and Community Programs team at

Be sure to describe your program request including best dates and times for your branch(es). A member of our team will get back to you within one week.