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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.
Kit Training Workshops
We tend to offer a select number of Kit Training Workshops at the Academy during the fall semester. Reserve your spot online, and you'll become eligible to rent that Classroom Kit for use with your students!
Trainings for fall 2020 are likely to be announced here in summer 2020.
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 your 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.
For Fall 2019, we will be offering training in the Rainforest Kit (K-3rd) and the Rainforest Kit (4th-8th). Tickets for each training are $25. You can buy your ticket online, or over the phone at 877-227-3311 on any day from 8am-5pm.
Okay, I'm trained in my preferred kit. How can I reserve it today?
Reservations for the 2019-2020 school year will be open on August 1, 2019. To make a kit reservation, please submit a request at the link below. Once the kit is reserved, you can pick it up at the California Academy of Sciences and return it to us 2-3 weeks later (length of lending time depends on the kit). The lending fee is $30 per kit.
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!