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Borrow a kit full of hands-on science materials to use in your classroom! Available for grades K-12, kits include lesson plans, educational games, specimens, books, DVDs, and more.
What are Classroom Kits?
Kits are portable suitcases filled with all the materials you need to do fun, engaging science activities in your classroom. You can rent them for 3 weeks at a time, picking up your kit at the museum and returning it at any point before the due date.
Classroom kits include complete lesson plans, specimens, background information, hands-on activities, educational games, books, DVDs, and more!
Classroom Kit Menu
- Astronomy Kit (grades 5 - 8)
- Coral Reefs - Science & Conservation (grades 3 - 7)
- Evolution (grades 7 - 12)
- Geology (grades 2 - 5)
- Geology (grades 6 - 12)
- Owl Pellets and Beyond (grades K - 8)
- Rainforests of the World (grades K - 3)
- Rainforests of the World (grades 4 - 8)
- Skulls: A Study in Structure and Function (grades K - 8)
How does the Classroom Kit program work?
Who is eligible to rent a kit?
Educators who have participated in a workshop for a kit are eligible to rent one. During the workshop you will participate in the kit activities, explore the science content, and learn about methods for using the materials to engage students in science.
How do I participate in a training workshop?
Each fall, we offer a select number of Kit Training workshops at the Academy that you can sign up for.
Stay tuned for our 2019-2020 Kit Training schedule! Registration for our next round of training workshops will open when school returns August 2019.
Okay, I'm trained in my preferred kit. How can I reserve it today?
Call (877) 227-3311 to make a kit reservation. Once the kit is reserved, you can pick it up at the California Academy of Sciences and return it to us 3 weeks later. The lending fee is $25 for three weeks.
Do the kits support any standards?
Yes, most of our kits support implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Science is brought to life through engaging opportunities for hands-on learning. We are in the process of updating each kit for the NGSS.
Can I purchase a kit?
Unfortunately, most kits are full of specimens and special materials that are not mass-produced. Teachers must pick up their kit at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, CA. If you live far away, consider the kits and curriculum that we offer nationwide through Science Action Club!