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!
    We are offering 2 different School Year Classes on Mondays, beginning April 21, 2014.
    New Summer Camps Announced! Register now!
    We are offering 2 different camps for each of 4 different weeks (June 23-26, July 7-10, July 14-17, & July 21-24).

    Spring Hill School (Santa Cruz): Register now!
    We are offering 2 different classes on Thursdays, beginning March 27, 2014.

    Main Street Elementary School (Soquel): New Classes Announced!  Register now!
    We are offering 2 different classes on Thursdays, beginning April 17, 2014.
    We are offering an additional class on Fridays, beginning May 2, 2014.

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

    Brook Knoll Elementary School (Santa Cruz): New Class Announced! Register now!
    We are offering one class on Tuesdays, beginning April 29, 2014.

    Vine Hill Elementary School (Scotts Valley): New Classes Announced! Register now!
    We are offering one class on Mondays, beginning May 5, 2014.

    Mar Vista Elementary School (Aptos):
    Current classes are full, but See What We're Offering!

    Shoreline Middle School (Santa Cruz): Class Full. Please Contact Shoreline Middle School.
    See What We're Offering!

    Aptos History Museum (Aptos): New classes will be announced soon.

  • Monterey County:

    Oldemeyer Community Center (Seaside): New Summer Camps Announced! Register now!
    We are offering 2 different camps for each of 4 different weeks (June 23-26, July 7-10, July 14-17, & July 21-24).

    Aromas Community Grange (Aromas): Our summer camps will be announced soon!
    Current classes are full, but See What We're Offering!

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

    Royal Oaks/Prunedale (Royal Oaks):
    Current classes are full, but See What We're Offering!

  • Santa Clara County:

    Loma Prieta Community Center (Summit Road/Los Gatos): New Classes Announced! Register now!
    We are offering 3 different classes on Thursdays, beginning May 6, 2014.

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

  • Library Programs:

    Los Gatos Library (100 Villa Avenue, Los Gatos). Age 7 & up. LEGO WeDo Robotics Exploration.
    Funded by Rotary Club of Los Gatos. FREE!

    Seaside Library (550 Harcourt Ave., Seaside). Hands-on Science Exploration & LEGO Workshop!
    Funded by The Friends of the Seaside Library.
    Now on Thursdays. We will be announcing the date of our next event in the near future! 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
Maker Faire Bay Area. Saturday-Sunday, May 17-18. Held at the San Mateo Event Center, Maker Faire 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 a don't-miss event! 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. 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. Watch for our upcoming review of the October 20, 2013 Faire.
A Play Date With SCCMOD. On Nov. 1, 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. 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, 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, 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. 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.