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



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Current Class Offerings
  • Santa Cruz County:
    Capitola Mall: Drop-in hours available Monday through Saturday. More info.
    (Map of Where We Are in the Mall):

    Come by and play Minecraftedu & Computercraftedu, or explore robotics, stop-motion animation, or any of our other technology-based offerings.
    Brook Knoll Elementary School (Santa Cruz): Register now!
    New Class Announced: Tuesdays, beginning November 29.

    Cabrillo College (Aptos): Register now!

    DeLaveaga Elementary School (Santa Cruz): Register now!

    Happy Valley School (Santa Cruz): Register now!

    Holy Cross School (Santa Cruz):
    Thanks for your interest! Classes will resume in the Fall.

    Main Street Elementary School (Soquel):
    Thanks for your interest! Classes will resume in the Fall.

    Mar Vista Elementary School (Aptos): Register now!

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

    St. Francis High School (Watsonville):
    Sorry, Classes are Full. Please Join the Wait List.
    See What We're Offering!

    Santa Cruz Gardens Elementary School (Santa Cruz):
    Thanks for your interest! Classes will resume in the Fall.

    Spring Hill School (Santa Cruz):
    Thanks for your interest! Classes will resume in the Fall.

    Vine Hill Elementary School (Scotts Valley): Register now!

  • Monterey County:

    Aromas Community Grange (Aromas):
    Thanks for your interest! Classes will resume in the Fall.

    Carmel Middle School (Carmel Valley):
    Thanks for your interest! Classes will resume in the Fall.

    Oldemeyer Community Center (Seaside):
    Thanks for your interest! Classes will resume in the Fall.

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

    Seaside Homeschool Group (Seaside):
    Thanks for your interest! Classes will resume in the Fall.

    Tularcitos Elementary School (Carmel Valley):
    Thanks for your interest! Classes will resume in the Fall.

  • Santa Clara County:

    Loma Prieta Community Center (Summit Road/Los Gatos):
    Thanks for your interest! Classes will resume in the Fall.

    Academic Antics (San Jose):
    Thanks for your interest! Classes will resume in the Fall.

    NUMU - New Museum Los Gatos:
    New workshoops will be announced soon!

    Morgan Hill Community and Cultural Center (Morgan Hill):
    Thanks for your interest! Classes will resume in the Fall.

    West Hills Community Church (Morgan Hill):
    Two new Middle School sesions announced: Beginning Monday, September 12, and Monday, October 31. Register now!


  • 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
The Hour of Code. Dec. 5-11, 2016. In support of Computer Science Education Week, nearly all of our classes will feature 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 will be presented alongside a discussion of career opportunities and ways to continue to learn more on their own. This will be our fourth year offering this, and it is always a big hit with all our students! Learn to Discover is a charter member of code.org. 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 County Fair. Sept. 14-18, 2016. Learn to Discover was happy to sponsor many of the activities of the Technology Department at the Fair this year. Highlights included a hands-on demonstration of virtual reality with Samsung Galaxy S7 phones and Samsung Gear VR headsets, where more than 3,000 visitors were treated to an exciting Runaway Mine Train ride, as well as other VR experiences. We also demonstrated PancakeBot - the world's first food printer that prints custom pancakes by automatically dispensing batter directly onto a griddle, taking 3D printing to a whole new level! Thanks to everyone who submitted entries to the Technology Department that helped to make this year's fair ("Cows, Plows & Oh Wows!") the best ever.
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.
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.