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



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Current Class Offerings
  • Santa Cruz County:
    Learn to Discover at the Capitola Mall (Capitola): Map of Where We Are in the Mall
    We offer Ongoing Classes and Summer Camps! Register now!

    New Event! We invite you to our FREE Open House & Fun Fest on Saturday, June 6, from 10AM to Noon. For more details, see the details on the right-side of the page, under "Upcoming Events".

    Summer Camp Registration is Now Open! Choose 1 or more of 20 camps! Register now!

    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.
    Aptos Grange (Aptos): Thanks for your interest! Classes will resume in the Fall.
    Please check out our summer camps at the Capitola Mall and at Oldemeyer Center.

    Brook Knoll Elementary School (Santa Cruz): Thanks for your interest! Classes will resume in the Fall.
    Please check out our summer camps at the Capitola Mall and at Oldemeyer Center.

    Main Street Elementary School (Soquel): Class Full. Please Contact Us.
    See What We're Offering!

    Mar Vista Elementary School (Aptos): Register now!
    We are offering a 6-session class on Mondays, beginning April 20, 2015.

    Mountain Elementary School (Soquel): Register now!
    We are offering 1 class on Wednesdays, beginning February 25, 2015.
    Note: Your student must be enrolled at this school to register for these classes.

    Santa Cruz Gardens Elementary School (Santa Cruz): Register now!
    We are offering one class on Wednesdays, beginning January 28, 2015.
    Note: Your student must be enrolled at this school to register for these classes.

    Shoreline Middle School (Santa Cruz): Thanks for your interest! Classes will resume in the Fall.
    Please check out our summer camps at the Capitola Mall and at Oldemeyer Center.

    Vine Hill Elementary School (Scotts Valley): Register now!
    We are offering one class on Mondays, beginning March 2, 2015.

  • Monterey County:

    Aromas Community Grange (Aromas): Thanks for your interest! Classes will resume in the Fall.
    Please check out our summer camps at the Capitola Mall and at Oldemeyer Center.

    Carmel Middle School (Carmel Valley): Thanks for your interest! Classes will resume in the Fall.
    Please check out our summer camps at the Capitola Mall and at Oldemeyer Center.

    Oldemeyer Community Center (Seaside):
    Summer Camp Registration is Now Open! Register Now!
    New Classes Announced! We are offering 2 different classes on Wednesdays beginning April 15, 2015. Register Now!

    Royal Oaks/Prunedale (Royal Oaks): Thanks for your interest! Classes will resume in the Fall.
    Please check out our summer camps at the Capitola Mall and at Oldemeyer Center.

    Seaside Homeschool Group (Seaside): Thanks for your interest! Classes will resume in the Fall.
    Please check out our summer camps at the Capitola Mall and at Oldemeyer Center.

    Tularcitos Elementary School (Carmel Valley): Thanks for your interest! Classes will resume in the Fall.
    Please check out our summer camps at the Capitola Mall and at Oldemeyer Center.

  • Santa Clara County:

    Loma Prieta Community Center (Summit Road/Los Gatos): Register Now!
    New Classes Announced! We are offering 2 different classes beginning May 4, 2015.

    Los Gatos Enrichment Center (Los Gatos): Thanks for your interest! Classes will resume in the Fall.
    Please check out our summer camps at the Capitola Mall and at Oldemeyer Center.

  • Library Programs:

    Monterey County Hands-on Science Exploration & LEGO Workshops Seaside Library (550 Harcourt Ave., Seaside)
    First Wednesday of each month.
    Next event: Wednesday, June 3, 2015, 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.

Upcoming Events
FREE Open House and Fun Fest. Saturday, June 6, 10AM to Noon. We invite 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. Try your hand at being a robotics engineer, animator, scientist, aviator, roller coaster builder or LEGO Designer. We will have loads of LEGOs and cool robots for you to interact with, and much more! 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 is FREE! Location Map.
Santa Cruz County Fair. Sept. 16-20. Come visit us at the Santa Cruz County Fair and interact with our 3D Printers, Robots, Remote-Controlled Vehicles, and much more. As Department Chairs for the Fair's Technology Department (new last year), we will also be offering fun, hands-on activites (such as building various technology-themed contraptions). This year's theme is "Country Nights & Carnival Lights", so expect to see plenty of LED's, too! 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!

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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 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. Location Map.
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. Location Map.
"Soaring Thru the Sky" Flight Event. Friday, April 24th, 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.
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.