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!