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

Images of Creativity

Current Class Offerings
  • Santa Cruz County:
    Learn to Discover at the Capitola Mall (Map of Where We Are in the Mall):

    Check out our Class Offerings and Drop-In Workshops. You can also register by following the same link.

    New! Register now for the Girl Scouts Digital Movie Maker Badge Workshop on Sunday, 11/22.

    New! Register now for the Boy Scouts Digital Moviemaking Badge Workshop on Saturday, 12/5.

    We now offer Minecraft Classes! We are very excited to offer Minecraftedu, Computercraftedu and Minecraft Afternoon Drop-in classes, on Saturdays, from noon to 2pm, for $20/hour. We offer rich problem-solving experiences and enrichment that far surpass their reputation as "games".

    Check out our Maker-style Classes, Drop-in Workshops, Saturday and Sunday Classes, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts Workshops (including Badge Workshops), and our well-known Technology-Based Class 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):
    Class Full. Please Contact Us. See What We're Offering!

    New Site! Holy Cross School (Santa Cruz): Register now!
    New Class Announced, beginning Jan. 6! 

    Main Street Elementary School (Soquel): Register now!
    3 New Classes Announced, beginning December 2 and December 10! 

    Mar Vista Elementary School (Aptos):
    New classes will be announced soon. Classes to begin mid-January!

    Mountain Elementary School (Soquel):
    Class Full. Please Contact Us. See What We're Offering!
    Note: Your student must be enrolled at this school to register for these classes.

    Santa Cruz Gardens Elementary School (Santa Cruz): Register now!
    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 December 1.

  • Monterey County:

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

    Carmel Middle School (Carmel Valley):
    New classes begin November 30. Please contact Carmel Middle School to register: (831) 624-2785.

    Oldemeyer Community Center (Seaside): Register Now!
    New Classes Announced: Wednesdays, beginning November 18.

    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):
    New classes begin December 8. 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:
    Variety of LEGO NXT Robotic Creations.   
    Thursdays, September 17 - November 19 (Ten 1-hour sessions) from 3:30pm to 4:30pm, at NUMU.
    Register on NUMU's website (scroll down to the Classes section on their page). Pay Class Fee directly to NUMU.

    Morgan Hill Community and Cultural Center (Morgan Hill):
    We are offering one class on Mondays, beginning September 14, 2015, for Upper Elementary Students. Please contact us for more information.

    West Hills Community Church (Morgan Hill):
    Class Full. Please Contact Us. See What We're Offering!

  • 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: Wednesday, November 18, 3:30 - 5pm.
    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. 7-13. 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 third 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.

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.
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!
National Drive Electric Week event. Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015, from Noon to 4pm, at Capitola Mall, 1855 41st Ave., Capitola. We offered robotics activities for the family, and helped visitors to learn about electric vehicles. Learn more.
Santa Cruz County Fair. Sept. 16-20, 2015. We had a great time hosting the Technology Department exhibits at the Santa Cruz County Fair and encouraging fair visitors to interact with our 3D Printers, Robots, Remote-Controlled Vehicles, and much more. We also offered fun, hands-on activites (such as building various technology-themed contraptions). This year's theme was "Country Nights & Carnival Lights", so we decorated with plenty of LED's, scale model carnival rides, and much more! Learn more.
Intro to Animation Workshop at NuMu. Saturday, July 25, 2015, from 10:30am to Noon. NuMu is the exciting New Museum of Los Gatos. We offered a free 1½-hour Intro to Animation Workshop.
FREE Open House and Fun Fest. Saturday, June 6, 2015, 10AM to Noon. We invited you to drop by our site at the Capitola Mall to play with some of our fun, tech-based products, and learn about our Ongoing Classes and Summer Camps. Visitors tried their hands at being a robotics engineer, animator, scientist, aviator, roller coaster builder or LEGO Designer. We had loads of LEGOs and cool robots for you to interact with, and much more! Guests experienced how all of our classes emphasize the connections between science, technology, art and design to help children explore the wonders of our world. And, the event was FREE! Location Map.
Maker Faire Bay Area. Saturday-Sunday, May 16-17, 2015. 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.
"Soaring Thru the Sky" Flight Event. Friday, April 24th, 2015, 6:30pm-8:00pm. Thanks for joining us for some interactive fun with things that fly at our site at the Capitola Mall. Visitors interacted with the world of planes, helicopters and rockets. Guests flew helicopters, airplanes and zeppelins using our flight simulators, and built with LEGOs & Erector sets. Visitors learned some of the physics of what makes a paper airplane fly, constructed their own, and built one using plans from one of our great books. Ages 4+ were welcome, and many families and friends attended. We provided the materials. Entry fee: $5 per person. Location Map.