Lawrence Hall of Science

The Lawrence Hall of Science is a hands-on science museum in the Berkeley, California hills, just above the campus of the University of California, Berkeley.  [Just a cultural note - I call it the "University of California, Berkeley" because I graduated from the University of California, San Diego.  Folks in Berkeley prefer to call their campus "The University of California" period and then tack on a location for other campuses. Those of us from other campuses prefer a more egalitarian naming approach :) ]

Their innovation exhibit is pretty large and is called "Design Quest."  

Lawrence Hall of Science Design Quest Entrance

Lawrence Hall of Science Design Quest Entrance

Lawrence Hall of Science Design Build Test poster

Lawrence Hall of Science Design Build Test poster

The most popular activity when I was there is the '10,000 planks' area where folks can just build whatever suits their fancy from a whole lot of small pieces of wood.  There are some creative examples on exhibit apparently produced by staff and in display cases for inspiration.  I think it would be kind of nice to have a way to post photos of folks' work as well.

Here's one young person at work - 

The Hall is a beautiful building in a spectacular location with a view of all of San Francisco bay.  They have a very interesting exhibit on earthquakes (no surprise there, I guess!).  Definitely worth a visit.

Posted on December 3, 2013 .