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Center for Engineering, Science and Mathematics Education

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For Local Teachers: Bring your class to the Learn By Doing Lab!

2019-20 School Year

Registration is closed

LBDL spots are filled using a lottery system. This means that slots are not filled on a "first come, first served" basis.

After registration closes, it may take several weeks for scheduling. We are aiming to complete scheduling and notify schools around mid-October, but this cannot be guaranteed.

The Learn By Doing Lab serves two important groups: 1) local elementary and secondary students, and 2) Cal Poly undergraduates considering careers in secondary science teaching. To ensure the best early teaching experience for our Cal Poly students we have decided to focus on grades 3rd-8th to participate. 

We value the effort required of teachers, administrators and chaperones that make visits to the Learn By Doing Lab possible. 

Thank you, 
The Learn By Doing Lab Faculty and Staff

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Information for Visiting Schools

Who: Local 3rd-8th grade classroom teachers and students interested in experiencing a real world, standards-based, inquiry-driven science curriculum taught by Cal Poly undergraduates planning careers in teaching.

What: An exciting, hands-on learning laboratory on the Cal Poly campus for local grade students and their teachers.

When: Learn By Doing Labs take place Thursday and Friday mornings during Cal Poly's Winter & Spring Quarters (January-March and April-June) for 5th-8th graders. Wednesday mornings during Cal Poly's Spring Quarter (April-June) for 3rd-4th graders.

How: Registration is required to participate.  All applicants will be entered into a lottery, and spots will be filled accordingly. A small percentage of spots will be reserved for first time visitors.

Where: Building 38, Room 131 and additional labs on the Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo campus. Click here for a map of the Cal Poly campus. Visiting groups will be escorted by CESAME from the Kennedy Library drop-off point to the LBDL facilities.

Why: By having local 3rd-8th grade students visit the Cal Poly campus and engage in meaningful science activities, we anticipate the the LBDL will 1) impact the recruitment and education of pre-service teachers, 2) impact the learning and college going expectations of visiting 3rd-8th grade students, and 3) enhance the professional development of teachers who visit the LBDL.

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Contact Info:

Please check out our Frequently Asked Questions! If you still have questions, please contact:
Jenny Cruz
​Learn By Doing Lab Coordinator
Building 25, Room 123

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