"Soaring Thru the Sky" Flight Event. Friday, April 24th, 6:30pm-8:00pm.
Join us for some interactive fun with things that fly, hosted by Learn to Discover at our site at the Capitola Mall. Do you dream of flying an airplane, becoming an astronaut, or just love being in the sky? Then come by and interact with the world of planes, helicopters and rockets. Fly a helicopter, airplane or zeppelin using our flight simulator
, or build with LEGOs or Erector sets
. Find out the secrets of what really makes a paper airplane fly, and construct your own, or build one using plans from one of our great books.
Ages 4+ are welcome. Bring the whole family, and invite your friends for more fun! We provide the materials. Entry fee: $5 per person. Location Map
Maker Faire Bay Area. Saturday-Sunday, May 15-17.
Held at the San Mateo Event Center, the Bay Area 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 amazing spectacle and exhibition
is an inspirational eye-opener that demonstrates over and over the power of imagination and creativity. You owe it to yourself and your family & friends to check out this one-of-a-kind 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!
Check out our Blog
for reviews of past events, as well as timely topics of interest.
Santa Cruz County Fair. 2013 Edition. We had a great time at the Fair. Folks of all ages came by to check out our robotics exhibit, operate our robots and check out our classes. Thanks to all for visiting us!
Carmel Art and Film Festival. We enjoyed bringing robotics to Devendorf Park and animation workshops to the Carmel Youth Center on October 12 & 13, 2013.
East Bay Mini Maker Faire. Makers, Creators, and Cool Stuff galore! October, 2013
A Play Date With SCCMOD. On Nov. 1, 2013, Learn to Discover presented a wide range of science & technology activities in support of the emerging Santa Cruz Children's Museum of Discovery. The meet-and-greet fundraiser provided a wonderful evening of entertainment, complete with music, appetizers, hand-crafted specialty beers and a wine bar.
The Hour of Code. 2013 Edition.
In support of Computer Science Education Week, 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. Learn to Discover is a charter member of code.org
. Learn more
Second Saturday on the Farm - Robotics in Agriculture. Saturday, March 8, 2014, 11am-3pm.
The Agriculture History Project Codiga Center and Museum presented Second Saturday on the Farm, at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds. The free event featured a presentation by Learn to Discover on how robots are used in the agriculture industry in Santa Cruz County and around the world, plus LEGO building, robotic car races, programming, drawing a robot, competing sumo robots, hayrides, movies, practice cow milking, and other activities for children. Learn more about the Agricultural History Project
Information/Activity Booth at the Santa Cruz County Science and Engineering Fair. Saturday, March 8, 2014, 9am-2pm.
At our booth (located between the Harvest Building and the Arts Building at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds), visitors got a sneak preview of the classes we'll be offering this summer. In addition, kids of all ages played with our new Robotic Snake and other hands-on materials, just a small sampling of those used in our classes. Learn more about the Science Fair
TEDx Santa Cruz. Saturday, March 8, 2014.
From the spark of inspiration to the act of realization, TEDxSantaCruz featured speakers and performers whose ideas sparked experiences, projects, work, or creativity that is setting in motion a new reality, igniting new connections, and energizing communities. Learn more
3rd Friday: Design & Innovation at the MAH (Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History). Friday, May 16, 2014 from 4:00pm to 8:00pm.
A large crowd joined as for fun and interacted with robots, built & designed with LEGOs, made stop-motion clay animated movies, connected technology with digital art, designed amusement parks, and had great conversations with us. Most important of all, we had fun showing how things work and why things work the way they do. We were joined by other exciting artists and exhibitors, including the Cabrillo College Engineering Department, graphic arts innovators from UCSC, and others. Also, guests participated in an interactive labyrinth, and explored creativity and innovation at its finest from other local innovators. Learn more
Maker Faire Bay Area. Saturday-Sunday, May 17-18, 2014.
Held at the San Mateo Event Center, Maker Faire, once again, proved that it 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 County Fair. Sept. 9-14, 2014.
Learn to Discover, as Department Chairs for the new Technology Department, offered fairgoers to enter digital animations, video games, and robots at this year's fair. We also had an extensive robotics exhibit, offered fun, hands-on activites (such as building a kaleidoscope, miniature hovercraft, self-propelled cars, and more). 2014's theme was "Sew it Grow it Show it". Thanks to all of you who were able to attend. Learn more
Holiday LEGO Building Party. Friday, December 12, 2014. We invited you to join us for some LEGO fun! Whether you love those little colorful bricks, or live for the holidays, this event was for you! This activity was offered at our new space in the Capitola Mall (next to the new Santa Cruz Children's Museum of Discovery). Kids and adults alike constructed holiday-themed houses, their favorite holiday or winter scene, and many other creations. We provided the materials. Fun for everyone! Ages 3 and over were welcome. Museum membership/admission was not required, but Learn to Discover asked for a $5 fee per person to cover our costs. Thanks for coming!
The Hour of Code. Dec. 8-19, 2014.
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 second year offering this, and it was a big hit with all our students last year. Learn to Discover is a charter member of code.org
. Learn more
Board Game Party! Friday, January 30, 2015. 6:30pm to 8:00pm.
At Learn to Discover's new site at the Capitola Mall, we had some good ol' board game fun! From Monopoly Junior
to The Game of Life
, we had a wide variety of board games to play. For LEGO fans, we also had LEGO board games
to play! People came to the party to socialize, learn board game skills, and just have a good ol' time! Ages 4+ were welcome, and many brought their friends and family for even more fun! We provided the board games. There was no need to pre-register. Entry Fee: $5/person
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Robotics Family Fun Night. Friday, February 27, 6:30-8:30PM. A great group of people joined us for a fun time, and interacted with the world of robots! Many attendees built and programmed LEGO Robots. Also, many met a variety of robots: LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT, MIP, BeeBots, Robosapien, and more. People had fun using their design skills to build a paper robot and/or draw their very own robot. Creative ideas were limited only by their imagination! Ages 4 and up were welcome! Many brought their whole family for more fun. We provided the materials. Entry fee: $5 per person.
Stop-Motion Animation Workshop. Friday, March 6, 6pm-7:30pm, at the Santa Cruz Children's Museum of Discovery at the Capitola Mall. This free event proviced an opportunity for families and friends to learn the basics of stop-motion animation and create some community-shared movies. There were figures, props and background scenes to choose from. Participants designed their own storyboard and filmed their stories, which were brought to life using our digital cameras, animation software and movie-making techniques. Stop-motion animation develops literacy and math skills through storytelling and sequencing, and is just plain fun to do! Free.
Second Saturday on the Farm - Robotics in Agriculture. Saturday, March 14. 11am-3pm.
Guests joined us at the Agriculture History Project Codiga Center and Museum for Second Saturday on the Farm, at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds. This free event featured a scheduled presentation by Learn to Discover on how robots are used in the agriculture industry in Santa Cruz County and around the world. Guests also enjoyed LEGO building, interacting with a variety of robots (including LEGO MINDSTORMS, MIP, Robosapien and BeeBot), driving a racing car robot, and drawing their very own robot. There were also hayrides, movies, cow milking practice, and other activities for children. Learn more about the Agricultural History Project
LEGO City Building Party! Friday, March 27, 2015. 6:30pm to 8:00pm.
From skyscrapers to landmarks, from tiny houses, to large mansions, this event was for kids and adults who love building with LEGO bricks. Guests built LEGO cities together
, by adding their own designs of houses, stores, vehicles and more. Guests used creativity and imagination to create a city they would want to live in. We provided the LEGO bricks, base plates, and mini-figures.
Ages 3+ were welcome! Entry Fee: $5/person
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