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



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Current Class Offerings
  • Santa Cruz County:

    Aptos Grange (Aptos): Register now!
    New Classes Announced! We are offering 2 different classes on Tuesdays, beginning November 4, 2014.

    Brook Knoll Elementary School (Santa Cruz):
    We will be offering new and exciting classes in the Fall. Stay tuned!

    Discovery Learning Center (Santa Cruz):
    We will be offering new and exciting classes in the Fall. Stay tuned!

    Learn to Discover/Harvey West Area (Santa Cruz):
    We will be offering new and exciting classes in the Fall. Stay tuned!

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

    Mar Vista Elementary School (Aptos): Class Full. Please Contact Us.
    See What We're Offering!

    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!
    We are offering one class on Wednesdays, beginning October 15, 2014.
    Note: Your student must be enrolled at this school to register for these classes.

    Shoreline Middle School (Santa Cruz):
    We will be offering new and exciting classes in the Fall. Stay tuned!

    Vine Hill Elementary School (Scotts Valley): Class Full. Please Contact Us.
    See What We're Offering!

  • Monterey County:

    Aromas Community Grange (Aromas):
    We will be offering new and exciting classes in the Fall. Stay tuned!

    Carmel Middle School (Carmel Valley): Register Now!
    We are offering 2 different classes beginning September 11, 2014.
    Note: Your student must be enrolled at this school to register for these classes. 

    Oldemeyer Community Center (Seaside): Register Now!
    New Classes Announced! We are offering 2 different classes on Wednesdays beginning November 5, 2014.

    Royal Oaks/Prunedale (Royal Oaks):
    We will be offering new and exciting classes in the Fall. Stay tuned!

    Seaside Homeschool Group (Seaside): Register Now!
    We are offering one class beginning September 18, 2014.
    Note: Enrollment is By Invitation Only. 

    Tularcitos Elementary School (Carmel Valley): Register Now!
    We are offering 2 different classes beginning September 8, 2014.
    Note: Your student must be enrolled at this school to register for these classes. 

  • Santa Clara County:

    Loma Prieta Community Center (Summit Road/Los Gatos): Register Now!
    New Classes Announced! We are offering 3 different classes beginning November 17, 2014.

    Los Gatos Enrichment Center (Los Gatos): Class Full. Please Contact Us.
    See What We're Offering!

  • Library Programs:

    Santa Cruz County Hands-on Science Exploration & LEGO Workshops Santa Cruz Downtown Library (224 Church Street, Santa Cruz)
    Second Wednesday of each month.
    Next event: Wednesday, November 12, 2014, 3:30 - 5pm.
    Funded by The Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries. FREE!

    Scotts Valley Library (251 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley)
    Third Wednesday of each month.
    Next event: Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 3:30 - 5pm.
    Funded by The Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries. FREE!


    Monterey County Hands-on Science Exploration & LEGO Workshops Seaside Library (550 Harcourt Ave., Seaside)
    First Wednesday of each month.
    Next event: Wednesday, November 5, 2014, 3:30 - 5pm.
    Funded by The Friends of the Seaside Library. FREE!

    Marina Library (190 Seaside Circle, Marina)
    Fourth Wednesday of each month.
    Next event: To Be Announced, 1:30 - 3pm.
    Funded by The Friends of the Marina Library. FREE!


    Santa Clara County Hands-on Science Exploration & LEGO Workshops Los Gatos Library (100 Villa Avenue, Los Gatos). Age 7 & up.
    Next event: To Be Announced
    Funded by Rotary Club of Los Gatos. 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. 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. 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
The Hour of Code. Dec. 8-14, 2014. In support of Computer Science Education Week, 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.

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.