Learn to Discover
A 501(c)(3) Tax-Exempt Organization



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Current Class Offerings
Summer Camps Announced!
Santa Cruz County: Register now for summer camps at our Capitola Mall site.

Monterey County:   Register now for our summer camps at Oldemeyer Center (Seaside).
  • Santa Cruz County:
    Learn to Discover at the Capitola Mall (Map of Where We Are in the Mall):

    Summer Camps Announced! Register now!

    Please note: our Summer Drop-in Hours (beginning mid-June) are Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, from 10am-Noon. No drop-in hours on Monday and Wednesday. Come by and play Minecraftedu & Computercraftedu, or explore robotics, stop-motion animation, or any of our other technology-based offerings.

    Please keep us in mind for Homeschool Classes and School Field Trips, and for Themed Parties (Birthdays, Holidays, Special Events) and more.
    Brook Knoll Elementary School (Santa Cruz): Register now!

    Holy Cross School (Santa Cruz): Register now!

    Main Street Elementary School (Soquel): Register now!

    Mar Vista Elementary School (Aptos): Register now!
    New Class Announced: Thursdays, beginning May 12. 

    Mountain Elementary School (Soquel): Register now!
    Note: Your student must be enrolled at this school to register for these classes.

    Santa Cruz Gardens Elementary School (Santa Cruz): Register now!
    New Class Announced: Wednesdays, beginning April 27.
    Note: Your student must be enrolled at this school to register for these classes.

    Spring Hill School (Santa Cruz): Register now!

    Vine Hill Elementary School (Scotts Valley): Register now!
    New Class Announced: Tuesdays, beginning May 3.

  • Monterey County:

    Aromas Community Grange (Aromas):
    Thanks for your interest! Classes will resume soon.

    Carmel Middle School (Carmel Valley):
    Please contact Carmel Middle School to register: (831) 624-2785.

    Oldemeyer Community Center (Seaside):
    Summer Camps Announced! Register Now!

    Royal Oaks/Prunedale (Royal Oaks):
    Thanks for your interest! Classes will resume soon.

    Seaside Homeschool Group (Seaside):
    Thanks for your interest! Classes will resume soon.

    Tularcitos Elementary School (Carmel Valley):
    Please contact Tularcitos Elementary School to register: (831) 620-8195.

  • Santa Clara County:

    Loma Prieta Community Center (Summit Road/Los Gatos):
    New classes will be announced soon!

    Academic Antics (San Jose):
    To register, please visit the Academic Antics website.

    NUMU - New Museum Los Gatos:
    New Workshop Announced! Introduction to Programming.   
    Saturday, April 23 (One 2-hour workshop) from 10am to Noon, at NUMU.
    Register on NUMU's website (Read the description, then click on the "REGISTER NOW" link on the NUMU page, and choose the correct workshop).
    Pay Class Fee directly to NUMU.

    Morgan Hill Community and Cultural Center (Morgan Hill):
    New classes will be announced soon! Please contact us for more information.

    West Hills Community Church (Morgan Hill):
    Classes began Friday, January 22, for Upper Elementary Students. Please contact us for more information.

  • Library Programs:

    Santa Cruz County & Monterey County Hands-on Science Exploration & LEGO Workshops
    Seaside Library (550 Harcourt Ave., Seaside)
    Second Wednesday of each month.
    Next event: To be Announced.
    Funded by The Friends of the Seaside Library. FREE!




Birthday Parties
Fun & Unique Party Themes!

Want to have a truly fun and different birthday party? How about robotics, animation, or creating your own video game? Learn more.

Gift Certificates
Give the Gift of Knowledge!

You can order Gift Certificates in any amount you wish. Surprise someone special with the gift of a stimulating class! Learn more.



Themed Entertainment Classes
Great New Classes Coming Soon!
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We are proud to be a member of the Themed Entertainment Association, an organization of creative professionals that design theme parks, roller coasters, attractions and compelling spaces. We have been working with several member organizations to develop some very exciting new courses that you will be hearing about soon. One of the new classes will combine LEGO Robotics with programmable RGB LEDs using the Arduino microcontroller. In the meantime, if you are interested in our Theme Park Design course [Course ID 810], please contact us.

Robotics & Electronics Classes
Wide Range of Classes, and More on the Way!

Our current robotics classes offer many different ways to explore the fascinating world of robotics. We offer classes using a variety of kits, including LEGO® MINDSTORMS NXT, LEGO WeDo™, LeTry, Parallax BoeBot, robotic arms, and many more. We are also completing the curriculum and testing out several new robotics courses that we know will be a big hit with kids, combining electronics, color, sound & music, choreography and sensors. We will soon be offering access and training of telepresence robots and we will be introducing the new Edison robots. Be sure to check out our current offerings, above, and contact us if you would like further information.



Our Mission
Ride the STEAM Train With Us!

Learn to Discover is a 501 c(3) nonprofit that designs, develops and delivers high-quality, hands-on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math) courses and activities to kids from pre-school through high-school.

All of our offerings emphasize 21st-century skills such as critical & analytical thinking; problem-solving; teamwork/collaboration; respect; communication; creativity; and imagination. And, most important of all: they are fun!

All of our courses are taught in an environment conducive to successful learning, and encourage students to learn through exploration and discovery. We also demonstrate connections to real-life careers, and feature an inspiring guest speaker from a related profession whenever possible.

Our Programs
Wide Variety of Offerings & Locations

Sample programs:

  • After-School Programs at public and private schools
  • Homeschool Programs
  • Summer Camps
  • Private Lessons
  • Push-in/Pull-out Programs
  • Workshops at Libraries
  • Workshops for Patients
  • Girl Scouts/Boy Scouts, 4-H, & other youth organizations
  • Teach the Teachers
  • Girls & Young Women Programs
  • Fairs and Festivals
  • ROP Classes
  • Community Events
... and many others. If you don't see an offering that is appropriate for you, just Contact Us.

     
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Upcoming Events
Maker Faire Bay Area. Friday-Saturday-Sunday, May 20-22, 2016. Held at the San Mateo Event Center, Maker Faire, is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth: a family-friendly festival of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement. This is an annual don't-miss event! Learn more.

Please Help Us

  • Volunteer Teacher Assistants (2-4 hours/week)
  • Classroom Speakers from Science, Technology & Engineering Fields
  • Donations of LCD Projectors and Laptops

We try to keep our class fees as low as possible. For this reason, we are actively seeking your tax-deductible contributions.

Thank you very much for your consideration!

Read About Us
Check out the great feature story on us in the Santa Cruz Sentinel.

Read about our LEGO Robotics activities in Monterey County, as reported in the Monterey Herald.

Past Events
Check out our Past Events page to see a representative sample of even more events we have either sponsored or participated in.
Santa Cruz Mini Maker Faire. Saturday, April 16, 2016. Gateway School, 126 Eucalyptus Ave., Santa Cruz. This was the first Mini Maker Faire in Santa Cruz County! Learn to Discover demonstrated PancakeBot - the world's first food printer capable of printing pancakes by automatically dispensing batter directly onto a griddle, taking 3D printing to a whole new level. The day provided many opportunities to experience innovation, creativity and fun, fun, fun! Learn more.
Movie Premiere! The Legacy of Arrow Development (Six Flags Magic Mountain, Valencia California). Saturday, January 30, Gearworks Theater @ Six Flags Magic Mountain, 4PM. Due to overwhelming demand, a second Premiere was held in Southern California, at Six Flags Magic Mountain Theme Park. The showing was included with admission to the Park, and ACE members with membership cards were treated to priority seating! Check out the sneak peak of the movie!. (P.S. Hundreds enjoyed the world premiere held at the Montgomery Theater in San Jose on Saturday, January 23, and the movie was greeted by an overwhelming number of rave reviews, including those by many people who used to work at Arrow!)
Movie Premiere! The Legacy of Arrow Development (Montgomery Theater, San Jose). Saturday, January 23, 2016 7:30pm. Arrow Development was one of the most influential and creative roller coaster design and amusement park ride manufacturing organizations in the world, and it was based in Mountain View, CA (less than 40 miles from Santa Cruz)! It created many well-known rides & ride systems at Disneyland, including those for the Matterhorn Bobsleds, Mad Tea Party, King Arthur Carrousel, Mr. Toad's Wild Ride, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Casey Jr. Circus Train, Snow White's Scary Adventure, Autopia, Alice in Wonderland, Pirates of the Caribbean, the Haunted Mansion, and more! Our son, Nicholas, has been the primary videographer and editor of this film, which tells the exciting story of Arrow, as seen through the eyes of theme park designers, park employees, and others. It was produced in cooperation with the American Coaster Enthusiasts, a worldwide roller coaster enthusiast and preservation non-profit. For only $10 ($20 for a VIP ticket!), you can say you attended the Premiere at the Montgomery Theater in San Jose! Hundreds enjoyed the premiere, and it was greeted by rave reviews, including those by many people who used to work at Arrow! Check out the sneak peak of the movie!
The Hour of Code. Dec. 7-13, 2015. In support of Computer Science Education Week, nearly all of our classes featured a special opportunity for students to experience a taste of the wonderful world of programming, with fun activities and challenges. The opportunity to learn about programming was presented alongside a discussion of career opportunities and ways to continue to learn more on their own. This was our third year offering this, and it was a big hit with all our students, once again! Learn to Discover is a charter member of code.org. Learn more.
Family Fun Night - with Special Guest Speaker, Video Game Designer Mike Parisi! Friday, October 23, 2015, 6:30-8:30pm. Thank you for joining us for some ghoulish fun, drinks and snacks while you created your very own Halloween-themed video game, Halloween treat bag (or bookmark or mask), and enjoyed other fun activities! In addition, we were honored to be joined by Mike Parisi, a local video game designer, who spoke to us about the video game industry and how to make our ideas digitally come to life, as well as about a game he has created called "Isopod: The Roly Poly Science Game". Ages 3 and up were welcome! $5/person, or $15/family (4 or more). Learn more
Love Monday at Discretion Brewing. Monday, October 19, 2015. There really WAS a reason to love Mondays! Thank you so much, Discretion Brewing, for supporting us! And, thanks to those who interacted with us at this great event! (On Love Mondays, Discretion Brewing recognizes and “encourages local groups that do extraordinary things.” We were honored to have been chosen as one of these organizations!) Discretion Brewing contributed 20% of their beer sales to Learn to Discover. Learn more. Please give 'em a Like on Facebook to thank them for their generous support of us! Address of Discretion Brewing: 2703 41st Ave., Soquel, CA. (See map). Their phone number is: (831) 316-0662.
Back IN School Expo. Saturday, October 3, 2015. Noon to 6pm. This free event at the Capitola Mall offered fun demonstrations, performances and special promotions. Learn to Discover offered robotics demonstrations from 2-3pm, and we met with many visitors met with us in our space at the Capitola Mall beteeen 10am and 2pm to learn about our offerings, stay for some drop-in time, and get to know us. Thanks to all for coming!