STEM Workshops - Bay Area Discovery Museum

STEM Workshops

Bring science, technology, engineering, and math concepts to life for your students with our engaging and diverse set of STEM Workshops! Designed for Pre-K to third grade students, STEM Workshops are available at the Bay Area Discovery Museum, or at your site. These programs are facilitated by our dynamic team of museum educators, and provide a hands-on, multisensory exploration of STEM content while encouraging risk-taking, collaborative problem solving, and creative thinking.

Registration for 2018-2019 programs is now open!

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STEM Workshops at BADM

Availability: Tuesday – Friday
Timing: 45 – 60 minute workshop and 2.5 hours of free exploration at the museum, 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Grade Levels: Preschool – 3rd grade
Group Size: Up to 30 students per session; 1 adult required for every 5 students
Price: $300 per session plus 1 complimentary adult for every 5 students; $9.95 per additional adult.

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STEM Workshops at Your School

Availability: Monday – Friday
Timing: 45 – 60 minute workshop
Grade Levels: Preschool – 3rd grade
Group Size: Up to 30 students per session (2 session minimum); 3 adults required per session
Price: $300 per session (2 session minimum); additional mileage fee will apply to programs more than 25 miles away from the museum; all adults are complimentary.

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STEM Workshop Topics

Bridge Builders

Engineers engage directly with the engineering design process, as they work collaboratively and independently to explore, build, and try out bridges, then make them even better!

Age Group Pre-K – TK
Content Area Engineering
Offered At Your School and at BADM
Standard Alignment Preschool Learning Foundations

Mathematical Reasoning 1.1, Scientific Inquiry 1.1-1.6, Scientific Inquiry 2.2, Physical Sciences 1.1, Physical Sciences 2.1-2.2


Fairy Tale Engineering

Engineers engage directly with the engineering design process as they work collaboratively to solve problems for beloved fairy tale characters.

Age Group K–3
Content Area Engineering
Offered At Your School and at BADM
Standard Alignment NGSS

K-2-ETS1, K-2-ETS2, K-2-ETS3, 2-PS1-1, 2-PS1-2, 3-5-ETS1-1, 3-5-ETS1-2, 3-5-ETS1-3


Push, Pull, Crash

Scientists experiment with push and pull to cause and avoid collisions, create art, and engage in exploration of the powers of force and friction.

Age Group Pre-K – 1
Content Area Physical Science
Offered At Your School and at BADM
Standard Alignment NGSS

K-PS2-1, K-PS2-2


Light and Shadow

Designers gain a deeper knowledge of light and its ability to move through different materials by designing their own shadow puppets using high-tech tools.

Age Group Grades 1-2
Content Area Physical Science and Engineering
Offered Only at BADM
Standard Alignment NGSS

1-PS4-3, 2-PS1-1, 2-PS1-2, K-2-ETS1-1, K-2-ETS1-2, K-2-ETS1-3


Measurement and Me

Mathematicians compare, contrast, count, and measure as they investigate how tall, long, wide, and heavy things are in the world around them.

Age Group Pre-K – K
Content Area Math
Offered At Your School and at BADM
Standard Alignment CCSS

K.MD.A.1, K.MD.A.2, K.MD.B.3, 1.MD.A.1, 1.MD.A.1


Ten in My Toolbox

Mathematicians engage with a rich variety of activities to strengthen their understanding of the composition and decomposition of the number 10.

Age Group K – 1
Content Area Math
Offered At Your School and at BADM
Standard Alignment CCSS

K.CC.A.2, K.OA.A.1, K.OA.A.2, K.OA.A.3, K.OA.A.4, 1.OA.C.6, 1.OA.D.8, 1.NBT.B.2.a


Stretch It, Shape It, Grow It

Neuroscientists learn about their amazing brains! Through story, movement, discussion, and creative activities, students learn how practice, taking risks, and making mistakes are important for tackling new challenges.

Age Group K – 3
Content Area Life Science
Offered At Your School and at BADM
Standard Alignment NGSS DCIs

L S1.A, L S1. D


Explore the Shore

Biologists investigate the animals and plants in the intertidal zone of nearby Horseshoe Cove, in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Add on a 30-minute engineering challenge to design a creature with adaptive features that would help it thrive in this unique habitat (for an additional $50 fee).

Age Group K – 3
Content Area Life Science
Offered Only at BADM
Standard Alignment NGSS

K-LS-1, K-ESS3-1, 2-LS4-1, 3-LS4-3, 3-LS3-2, K-2-ETS1-2


Plant Powered Engineering

Botanists draw on their understanding of the natural world to build real-life solutions. After investigating plants in outdoor spaces, students use their observations to design and build portable solar chargers. This is a 75 minute program with an additional $50 fee.

Age Group 1 – 2
Content Area Life Science and Engineering
Offered At Your School and at BADM
Standard Alignment NGSS

1-LS1-1, 2-LS4-1, K-2-ETS1, K-2-ETS2, K-2-ETS3

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