Life Lab

Life Lab cultivates children's love of learning, healthy food, and nature through garden-based education.

The National Science Foundation funds Life Lab, from 1995-2001 in the Language Acquisition in Science Education at Rural Schools (LASERS) project. Life Lab starts working with 7 school districts to improve science teaching practices for second language learners. UCSC partners with Life Lab to evaluate student improvements in both academics and language acquisition.

Life Lab “borrows” teachers from districts to coach other teachers, lead science training classes and create a science and language summer school. The Summer School Academy Model of staff development shows a minimum of 6 months language gain by students attending the four week program!

Integrating Inquiry Science and Language Development for English Language Learners  JOURNAL OF RESEARCH IN SCIENCE TEACHING May 2002, Trish Stoddart, America Pinal, Marcia Latzke, Dana Canaday



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Life Lab provides truly inspiring training. Their breadth of experience, joy for teaching, and commitment to sharing knowledge highlight the best practices in food and garden education.
Erica CurryTraining and Professional Development ManagerFoodCorps
Thank you for such a wonderful field trip experience! Your leaders did such a great job at keeping our kids engaged.
Sheila BrickenKindergarten TeacherSan Lorenzo Valley Elementary
Terry had another awesome two weeks at Life Lab. I think he learns more there than in any other part of his year. School is great, but he’s passionate (and often dogmatic) about what he learns there.
Tara NeierCamp ParentSummer camp mom
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